LANCASTER Girls’ Grammar School is launching a fundraising campaign to equip its new sixth form centre to the highest standard.
The Investors in Excellence campaign, which aims to raise £750,000 to equip the centre with first class equipment, has already secured £175,000 in its early stages with donations from parents, former students and governors.
The new centre, situated next to the school in Queen Street, is on track to be completed by September 2012.
The new facility has been designed by Cassidy and Ashton as a direct result of a grant from the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund for £1.2 million.
Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School has a reputation for academic excellence and a successful record of enabling students to progress to the top universities.
Headteacher Jackie Cahalin said: “We want to provide facilities that match the aspirations, ambitions and abilities of all of our students and this new sixth form centre will achieve this.”
Until now, there has been a lack of dedicated sixth form space and adequate access to ICT for sixth form students and they have had to manage with some facilities on a separate site to the main school building.
The finished state-of-the-art building will include a large ICT and study area, classrooms, office accommodation and a meeting room.
The school began planning the campaign in January and since then has involved a campaign board of parents, old girls and governors who have personally supported the campaign and are driving it towards its target.
The school is approaching all LGGS parents by inviting them to a series of information events being hosted in volunteers’ homes.
“We believe that now is the perfect time to involve our parents and old girls in providing new facilities and fundraising for the school, particularly on the back of our success with the New Academies Maintenance Grant,” said campaign chair Janet Lavelle.
Mrs Cahalin added: “The centre will make a huge difference to the school and the sixth form students are very excited about their new facility.”
For further information about the campaign, including timings of events and information on how you can support, please contact campaign manager Linda Ellis on 01524 32010 or 07919 418960, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.