Dear Friend of Francis Holland
I am very excited to share with you what I believe is the most significant opportunity for the School since its foundation in 1881. Founded by a pioneer in girls’ education who sought to empower young women with the knowledge and skills to change the world in the same way their brothers hoped to, Francis Holland School is poised to recover its position as a place of dynamic transformation in the lives of children and in society. My vision is to transform Francis Holland to reflect these three focus areas – Creativity, Enterprise and Innovation. Our pupils need the imagination and space to innovate, connect and create and so we must now provide the facilities to enable them to reach their full potential and prepare for a transforming world.
With the approval of the Governing Council we are now in possession of detailed architects’ plans for the development of several key areas across the School. These inspiring new spaces will not only enhance our current facilities, but enable us to expand the curriculum, providing even more learning opportunities for our girls.
Like most girls’ schools, we have no endowments which can provide the financial resources for building, particularly at a time when we are also seeking to extend our bursary provision and provide our outstanding education to bright children. Despite all our passion and vision we can’t do any of this without your help. The total project will cost £4.5 million. The Trust which governs our School is totally committed to the project but we seek to raise £2 million to see this happen swiftly and effectively. We have already received some extremely generous gifts and pledges from several benefactors who have heard of this imaginative project and have offered exceptional financial support.
I do hope that you will support us in this development which will provide Francis Holland with excellent teaching facilities, enjoyed by every girl as she passes through both Junior and Senior Schools. The need is urgent, but with your help, we can accelerate the delivery of these plans.
With best wishes
Mrs Lucy Elphinstone
Built in the space previously occupied by the under-utilised courtyard, the Centre for Creative Learning will house the library and provide both internal and external space for inspired learning and reflection. The addition of the tranquil roof garden will provide a calm space for contemplation, enjoyed by all girls across the School. The CCL will also be the home of “Freedom to Think” – a collaboration with the country’s top authors and illustrators to stimulate the children’s imagination, creativity and powers of invention.
This three storey extension will provide the following:
The extension and refurbishment of the Morison building will provide Francis Holland girls with a larger space where our Sixth Form students will be able to study, meet business mentors and prospective work experience employers and seek careers counsel in a dedicated area. The Centre will also offer space for interview practice and CV presentation, and the new internal layout will provide additional classroom space on the ground floor where girls will be able to learn and develop their entrepreneurial and design and technology skills.
As our girls grow and develop so do we! We are in desperate need of more office space for our wonderful staff, additional storage and teaching space. We hope that this roof extension will provide the extra square footage we require in a reasonably straight forward manner, making the most of what is currently an unused open roof area.
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Francis Holland School Sloane Square Building for the Future fund
Francis Holland School Sloane Square is a very successful and ambitious school on a constrained central London site. The object of this Fund is to support the improvement of its facilities by the imaginative development of its site and surroundings, in order to offer girls the best all-round education in the most effective setting.
Its primary object is to support the ‘Building for the Future’ project. This aims particularly to develop pupil creativity at all ages, by improving access to literature and opportunities for learning, drawing and performance, and, for the more senior students, by encouraging enterprise, scientific research and design technology. The project also underlines that the School is outward looking. It has for some time been under active consideration by Governors, the management team, and friends and supporters of the School. The Governors are committed to investing a substantial sum from School resources for this project.
The Fund will remain in existence in the longer term in order to help with the School’s continuing development.