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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.

If you would like more information on any of the above or would like to start donating, please contact Tiffany Henderson via 01795 533132 or tah@queenelizabeths.kent.sch.uk

 

 

 

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