We were delighted to welcome HRH The Earl of Wessex to formally open the Sixth Form Centre and Milton Library on 20 June 2013. This marked the culmination of our ‘Raising the Roof’ Project which saw our Sixth Form Centre transformed and prepared for 21st-century style learning. During the fundraising phase of the project, we were able to raise £750,000 in just under 9 months. This, when added to £250,000 from Dr Challoner’s School Educational Trust enabled the building phase to begin in February 2012, with the building opening for use in March 2013.

The ground floor has been transformed into a Café, run by local fairtrade business Café Africa. Thanks to the Friends of DCGS, further outside landscaping and seating has been provided, doubling the space previously available to students and allowing a continental-style Café culture to pertain. The first floor, is dedicated exclusively to Sixth Form Study. There are two group rooms which allow students to work together, as well as a large space which can accommodate over 100 learners. In addition, Sixth Form staff offices and an interview room enable students to seek confidential careers advice easily. The new second floor, with its high vaulted ceiling, is now our Milton Library where all members of the school community are welcome to work or read books for pleasure. The name Milton Library was chosen by one of our major donors to the project and not only remembers the local poet John Milton, but also refers to one of the original four houses at the school during the first half of the twentieth century.

We are extremely grateful to all parents, friends, alumni and staff at the school who made this project possible.

Photographs of the opening ceremony, together with some images of the new Sixth Form Centre and Milton Library are available here.