Today, Wednesday 21st October, we are excited to unveil a multi-million-pound development that will transform the Montpelier site where the Senior school and Sixth Form are currently located. This ambitious community building project will welcome the public for the first time into the former home of Regency city landowner Thomas Kemp. Under ambitious plans by headteacher Rosie McColl, who took the school’s helm in January, the ornate landmark will be reworked to become a community hub including a learning space for pupils, a wellbeing café and flexible working space for local entrepreneurs to use. The school also hopes to transform the landscaping at the front of the Temple and the school’s green spaces.
This is only one strand of Rosie McColl’s vision for Brighton Girls which can be viewed below. The project will also reunite our Prep school pupils with the main city campus as they leave the premises on Radinden Manor Road and move back into The Vicarage in Temple Gardens where the Prep school used to be.
Rosie explained “We want to create a setting where there are big sisters to mentor little sisters in a school that is a home to girls aged from four right through to 18. Our junior pupils will benefit from new specialist spaces for art, science and design. With a dedicated early years playground and a tree-lined lawn at the centre of the site, our younger pupils will have a space to play, to discover, and to learn on a unique campus in our vibrant, buzzing city.”
While the ground floor of the Temple will be used as a collaborative space for all, the top floor will be redesigned as a hub for the school’s sixth formers and the basement will have state-of-the-art music facilities for the school’s musicians to learn and practise in.