Drama Studio at Burford School

July 2011
Star of stage and screen, Robert Hardy, was on hand to give advice to budding actors at Burford School when he opened the new Drama block on Wednesday 6th July.

The £2.5m ‘Wysdom’ Block, which is being named after Simon Wysdom who founded the school in 1571, has been paid for by Oxfordshire County Council with a contribution from the school.

The building boasts a purpose-built drama studio with a working classroom which can be opened up to create one large space. In addition there are two Religious Education classrooms, one English classroom and one History classroom.

Upstairs, the building hosts the Learning Centre offering three multi-purpose classrooms for ICT, COPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) courses and a further classroom for students with special educational needs. The new building replaces all temporary classrooms on the site.

Drama students from all year groups performed a series of short plays and monologues in front of the whole school, governors and local celebrity guest Robert Hardy.

Headteacher, Mrs Kathryn Haig, said: “We are delighted with the facility that will give us the opportunity to educate our students in brand new classrooms and for our drama students the opportunity to learn in a purpose built exciting new drama studio.”

Councillor Melinda Tilley, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for School Improvement, said: “This is a fantastic new space which I’m sure the school will use to full advantage.”