Dame Katherine Grainger opens Eastbourne College's Project 150

Eastbourne College | 25 Jun 2019 | Top News Story
On Friday, Dame Katherine Grainger took time out of her busy schedule as chair of UK Sport to tour Eastbourne College's newest facilities, talk with pupils and converse with representatives involved in realising the College’s bold Project 150 vision.
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Dame Katherine officially opens Project 150 alongside Headmaster Tom Lawson

The inception of the Project 150 dream sprang from the idea that the College needed to build for the future. By combining 20 years’ worth of development into four years, the College could help secure its position as a sector-leading education provider for many years to come. Over 1,000 generous and kind-hearted donors helped to raise the necessary funds for the redevelopment which is proving to be a winner with the parents, pupils and staff.

Lending her oar of approval to the project’s bold architecture (courtesy of Miller Bourne architects), Dame Katherine began her visit with a tour of the school’s new Winn and Nugee buildings. Led by Aimee Helyar and Joe Pocklington, the current head girl and head boy, the tour gave Dame Katherine a taste of how the redesigned campus has transformed the learning environment for the whole school community.

Just before lunch, Dame Katherine took the opportunity to address pupils of the College and St Andrew’s Prep. She urged the pupils to be open to new ideas and said that it was important for them to take every opportunity they get and nurture it.

After the talk, Dame Katherine unveiled a plaque outside the Winn building to officially open Eastbourne College’s spectacular Project 150. Joining Dame Katherine at the formal opening ceremony were the team behind Project 150, including Tom Lawson, chair of governors Philip Broadley and the College’s leading benefactor David Winn OBE. Local dignitaries such as Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, the Mayor, the Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex and the CEO of Eastbourne Borough Council were also in attendance.

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Photo: The new Winn Building, named after David Winn OBE (MInstM), who made significant donations along with 1,000 other generous gifters
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Photo: Dame Katherine's inspirational address

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