The last fifteen years has seen a complete transformation of the buildings at Pipers Corner which means that the quality and extent of classrooms and other educational facilities now meet the very highest modern standards. This is readily evident to anyone visiting the school and, with the future in mind, the governors continually assess priorities for development to ensure that our facilities continue to meet the changing needs of the girls in our care and best practice in education.
The millennium year 2000 saw the opening of the stunning Orchard Pool, a 25 metre indoor pool that is enjoyed by girls of all ages learning to swim and compete, and also by parents and families at certain times during the week. On completion of the pool, the school embarked on its “Building for the Future” project, a building and refurbishment programme that has transformed the school’s main teaching classrooms over a number of years. Two completely new buildings were added, the South Wing (for English, Mathematics and Business Studies) and the Lady Buckinghamshire Studios (for Art, Sculpture, Textiles and Catering). An additional floor was also added to an existing classroom block to create the new Modern Foreign Languages Suite of classrooms. In parallel with the new buildings, all other classrooms were extensively refurbished so that, in total, 24 additional classrooms and 10 new department offices have been created; and 26 other classrooms have been completely refurbished.
In addition to this major project, many other aspects of the school have also benefited from recent development. Additional Music practice rooms have been created; new playground equipment has been installed for girls of all ages; and visitors are now welcomed into the striking Atrium reception area. In terms of investment in technology, the extent and use of computers has been transformed and girls and staff now benefit from wide access to IT to support teaching and learning. Our network has also enabled us to install a comprehensive electronic security system throughout the school.
2015 saw the start of a major development project with the work commencing on the new Pipers Arts Centre, which opened in the Autumn of 2016. At the heart of the Centre is an impressive theatre which seats up to 280 people and is fully equipped with not only a large and flexible stage, including orchestra pit, but also state-of-the-art sound and lighting facilities. You can read more about our Arts Centre here.
Other projects also completed as part of this most recent major development include: