'Create the Future' updates


A close up look at The 6

While the girls are away on half term the work continues at full pace.

The School Archive has a new home

From next week The Foundation Office and the School Archive will have a new home in The Warren. To the right of the photo you will see the new two storey bay window, temporarily clad in purple. This marks the entrance to our new home.

We are excited to be able to house our extensive archive in a place where we will be able to invite alumnae, friends of the school, teachers and girls to explore it and where our ever patient and diligent archivists, Richard and Rosemary Christophers, will be able to continue their work cataloguing the wealth of wonderful items which tell the story of St Catherine's.

The first floor is in!

The floor planks have been laid and the concrete screed has set on the first floor of The 6.  On this floor the girls will enjoy comfortable bedrooms, bright modern bathrooms and a cosy snug for relaxing at the weekend. 

Less exciting perhaps but equally necessary, the builders have been applying the grouting to the steel frame!

Next week we hope to see some second floor planks being laid and the start of some brickwork.   We are making good progress and there will be no R&R for the builders over the Half Term - they'll be busy on site.

Winter Sun

As the seasons begin to change our colleagues in the Estates Department have captured this wonderful photo of the site.

By the time Spring starts on March 20th, The 6 will be well on its way to becoming the creative, collaborative hub of Sixth Form life. You can find out more about this exciting new collegiate space here


Back to school

Back to school for girls today as well as for our contractors who are in full swing on the building site.

The skeleton of The 6 is now clearly visible and we can see how the new building will relate to those surrounding it. It's already possible to imagine Sixth Form girls making their way from classes to lacrosse field, music lessons to supper and then back to The 6 Common Room to chat about their day with their housemates. 

Keep checking back for more updates as The 6 takes shape and our vision to Create the Future becomes reality.

Happy Christmas from The 6 site

We hope that you have had a peaceful Christmas and send you all good wishes for the New Year.

We look forward to sharing more photos from the building site with you as the steel frame is completed and the next exciting phase begins.

Rain will not stop play!

As rain clouds loom over The Warren the steels continue to rise. We are in awe of the construction team who have made such incredible progress this week despite the challenging weather conditions.

School is out and The 6 is taking shape. 

Today, December 13th,  things have begun to move very quickly! With the girls having left for the Christmas holidays, construction of the steel frame is in full swing.

As dusk begins to fall we can see old and new buildings next to each other and a new chapter in the story of St Catherine's begins to unfold.

Remember to check this page next week for a festive update from the building site!

Advent has begun and the sun is shining

The 3rd of December brought sunshine to the site as the builders create the frame for the building and lay the steel mesh that will reinforce the concrete floor which comes next!  

Pop back on Friday and we'll show you a picture of the steel frame as it begins to rise. 

On St Catherine's Day

It takes more than a little rain and grey clouds to dampen spirits on St Catherine's Day.  Ashcombe House triumphed, Cattern cakes have been consumed and the Gala Concert tune-ups will begin shortly. The 6 build has moved on too.  Look closely and you'll see the scaffolding on the Warren in readiness for the bay frontage to match the crenellated bay facing the A281.

Pipes and Cables     

With the weather improved and the foundations settling, we have a clear view across the site to The Warren and Bramley Grange beyond.

Cabling has now been laid and pipework for drainage has gone in. The Millenium block staircase is taking shape and we are beginning to be able to imagine the size and shape of The 6. 

Excitingly, trees will be being planted along the boundary wall this week and we look forward to sharing photos of this with you in our next update!

The foundations are laid

The rain has blurred our timelapse camera a little but in readiness for the steel frame you can now see the paths of the foundations being laid.  Protruding from the ground are the steel rods in readiness for the steel frame.  The large hole on the left hand side is for the lift shaft.

The girls are excited to see such progress.

Diggers clear the way

All sorts of new perspectives are opening up as the build continues. We will post one a week - we hope by January to see the steels up which will transform the site.

Two Become One

The earth mounds are reducing in size in preparation for half term works. 

Keep checking back - the next step is the steel frame of the building.  Alumna, Helen Whateley working on the project at IID Architects tells us it is at this point that we will really begins to really see the shape and scale of The 6.

Shorts in October!

It;s hot work for the building team and shorts are being modelled as the groundworks are completed. See picture to the right! 

The tarmac driveway can be seen encroaching further into the site and the earth mounds and rubble will soon be cleared.

Next steps are fencing around the exterior of the site and then tree planting.  We are working flat out to ensure the trees can be planted whilst the weather, whilst inclement, isn't freezing!

Thank you to all our parents and alumnae who have vision and can 'see'  The 6.  Gifts to the Campaign have been growing and many parents have chosen to have a room 'named' in recognition of their support. If you'd like to be a part of the project, find out more here.

Making way for the builders

The size of the plot becomes clearer from this angle as the roadway is created in readiness for the builders. 

Knocking Through!

There is now a clear view through from The Street, across the building site ... to the petrol station beyond!

There's a real sense of space now and a feeling of growing excitement as the start date for the new build gets closer and closer.

Just the last bit to go!

The demolition crew are nearly there.  The Warren has been exposed and inside the internal works are already underway. 

The digger is poised to demolish the last bit of the Unit.  Skips are filled ready to head to the recycling units and there is a little scratching of heads over an underground cable that appeared unexpectedly!

The girls now back in School have a safe path between the Anniversary Halls and Millennium Building which is patrolled by DBS checked security staff. The next step is creation of a roadway for the builders.  And then The 6 begins!

In the 5.9 (a moniker coined by the girls!) temporary accommodation the new bedroom furniture is being tried and tested!

More of the Warren revealed

Demolition is on track!

The diggers and the skilled building team are working their magic.  The Barbara Platt building and the Unit have nearly disappeared and we can see glimpses of the Warren behind.  

As the old rooms disappear we come one step closer to envisaging the new boarding bedrooms named after inspirational women such as J K Rowling, Dr Marie Stopes, Dame Millicent Fawcett and Malala Yousafzai rooms.  

If you'd like to be part of the community of support for The 6 and consider donating to 'name' a room, you can find out more here.  You really can 'Create the Future' - who knows what our young women who'll experience The 6 will become.

The garden disappears

In readiness for the demolition the pond and statue disappear.  Not long now ....

A Glimpse of The Warren

As buildings start to be demolished there's a glimpse of The Warren between the buildings.

Moving ahead

The site gets clearer by the day ...

The site is being cleared

Bit by bit .... under clear blue skies ...

Instant impact!

The diggers have arrived and been busy.

A West Block Home Economics and RE Room are no more!

Meanwhile behind the camera, IT cables and fire alarm cables are being laid to connect to the Millennium Block, the Warren and The 6.

The 6 build begins

11th July end of term .... 16th July the demolition crew move in!

The Unit and Barbara Platt buildings have served their time, the diggers arrive on the 16th July to begin the journey to realise The 6 - our exciting modern new boarding accommodation and social space for day girls and boarders alike. 

Demolition will take 8 weeks, there is a big team and there will be lots of activity - keep popping back to see pictures of progress.

If you'd like to find out more about what The 6 will offer our Sixth Form girls click here.

If you'd like to support The 6 and be recognised in a room named after an influential woman, click here.

Leavers make their mark on 'Muck Up Day' 2019

Sixth Formers celebrate their last ever day of School!

Sixth Formers got the chance to 'decorate' their former home - The Unit and the Barbara Platt building.  With spray cans at the ready they made their mark!