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Theatre Fundraising Campaign

Play a vital role in our school’s most ambitious production to date...

The story so far

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School is a popular school which delivers a high quality education to able students from Faversham and the surrounding villages. Established in 1576 it has become one of the highest performing schools in Kent*.

The current roll of 980 pupils is projected to rise to 1050 by 2018, (including 300 Sixth Form students). To cater for this, a new Humanities and Sixth Form Centre was opened in 2014.

This vital facility was made possible through capital investment on behalf of the school; a £1.54m grant from Government; and the generosity of people like you. Without the £180,000 contributed by parents, alumni, local businesses and trusts and foundations, this project would not have been possible.

*In March 2015 Queen Elizabeth’s was judged as ‘Outstanding’ in every category by Ofsted.

The next act

To complete our vision of a 21st century teaching centre of excellence, the next phase of this ambitious development will see the addition of a new lecture and performance theatre.

This will provide:

  • A performance space for our outstanding dramatists and musicians
  • Facilities for our planned lecture series, which will be developed along the lines of the Royal Society Christmas Lectures, building upon our many links to universities
  • A first rate environment for our nationally successful Debating Society, encouraging higher levels of participation and more competition with local schools
  • A large display space for our wonderful Art and Technology exhibitions
  • A community space for local groups and performers
  • Enable more lecture style delivery to different cohorts of students

This extension will include:

  • Seating for up to 300
  • A multi-use stage area
  • State of the art sound, lighting and projection facilities
  • Access to the reception, changing facilities and toilets in the Sixth Form Centre
  • Extensive storage facilities
  • High quality ventilation and soundproofing

The the new theatre aims to:

  • Raise aspiration and ambition amongst students by providing a state of the art learning environment
  • Inspire and enable more children to explore opportunities in the performing arts
  • Offer community arts groups the purpose built venue they desperately need
  • Build stronger links with the local community
  • Prepare students for further education through university-style, lecture-based teaching
  • Enhance the curriculum by enabling the school to expand its public guest speaker and lecture programmes
  • Deliver the technical capacity required by high quality home grown and visiting music and drama productions
  • Provide a meeting and training facility for both school staff and local organisations
  • Increase school revenue through regular hire by community groups and businesses

The total cost of designing, building and furnishing the new theatre is £580,000.
To date, funded completely by donations, we have raised almost £300,000
We also have further pledges of £45,000
Which leaves us with a balance to fund of £235,000
Running costs for the theatre will be fully met by the school.

Figures current November 2017.

How you can help

  • Click here to download a campaign Gift Form
  • Give a regular monthly gift over 3 to 5 years, e.g.
    £15 per month over 5 years, making a total donation of £900
    £35 per month over 3 years, making a total donation of £1,260
  • Complete the Gift Aid declaration to increase your gift by 25p for every £1 you give
  • Make a one-off donation
  • Speak to us about other fundraising ideas
  • Provide professional or technical help

Major benefactors will also have the opportunity to have naming rights to the auditorium and all donations will be recognised.

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