Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in independent education
St Swithun’s Junior School assembly taken by headmistress Pim Grimes in the new school hall

St Swithun's new build vision complete

Junior School at St Swithun's opens new performing arts and sports hall

Posted by Stephanie Broad | May 06, 2016 | Facilities & buildings

St Swithun’s Junior School in Winchester completed the second and final phase of its ambitious build of a new school at the start of the summer term with the opening of its new performing arts space and sports hall.

The new building encompasses two distinct spaces. A performing arts hall with retractable seating and overhead projection will be used for daily assemblies, talks and performances. Adjacent to this is a fully equipped sports hall for use by all year groups.

This building echoes the style of the new main junior school building, which pupils have been enjoying since September 2015. Both buildings are light, bright, modern spaces for both children and staff. The building is flooded with natural light and the huge expanses of glass give views over trees and fields beyond. Internally, the buildings have been designed with light wood finishes, oak floors and white walls, giving a feeling of light and space. 

To ease traffic flow on the street outside, the school has also improved its road system by creating a new school drive.

Headmistress, Pim Grimes, said: “We are very lucky to have such excellent facilities so close to the main school building. It is a real pleasure to walk up to school in the morning and see the completed buildings, the apple tree orchard beginning to grow, the magnolia flowering and the new landscaping softening the lines of the school. The children and I felt that Monday morning’s assembly in the new performance hall was a momentous moment, the sun was streaming in through the windows and we felt pleased to be back at school ready for the summer term”.

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in independent education

Related stories

Dauntsey's delight audiences with Billy Elliot production

St Swithun's embraces global Outdoor Classroom Day

Nine in ten students inspired by classroom design

Kelvinside Academy takes a leap into the future

New junior school opens doors to students in Highgate

Green School for St Helens' 'Girls in Green'

Debunking the myths of modular construction

Q&A: A breath of fresh air

New facilities completed at QEH

Another stellar year for Facilities Show

Market place - view all

Tech Data

As one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology,...

School Blazer

Schoolblazer is the leading supplier of high quality uniforms to t...

Jamf software

Solutions for education. Power the digital classroom with Apple an...

Casio Electronics Co Ltd

Casio is a market-leading global electronics manufacturer. It launc...


Our positioning in the services industry is original and unique. It...


Award winning online banking: whether it's current accounts, credit...