New Sixth Form sparks digital revolution

Queen Anne’s School announces opening of new Sixth Form Centre and has sparked its own digital learning revolution: #lovelearning

Queen Anne’s School in Caversham has announced the opening of a new Sixth Form Centre in January 2016 

With the opening of the building, tipped by the architects Lewandowski Willcox to be ‘iconic’, the school wants to provide its pupils with the opportunity to shape their own future and join their #lovelearning campaign. 

Julia Harrington, Headmistress, said: “Our pupils are the future leaders of our world so we’d like them to start shaping our world now!  The pupils have been asked to submit ideas via twitter @qascaversham and, using the hashtag #lovelearning, tell us what technology we should use in the new Sixth Form Centre and how they would like to see this aid their learning.”

The Sixth Form Centre will be an active digital learning zone to enable students to take advantage of industry standard software and devices and will be the hub for the thriving and rapidly growing Sixth Form. This new centre for learning, the plans for which are currently with Reading City Council Planning Department pending approval, will be home to lecture rooms, break out areas, a common room/cafe called Cafe 6, a digital library and a new dining hall.  The upper floor will have learning pods to facilitate collaborative learning experiences.

Situated in the heart of the campus next to the Library, Performing Arts Centre and Morgan Sports Centre, the building will boast an environmentally friendly thermal chimney heating system which will require users to open windows to increase the temperature! Designed by Eton-based architects, Lewandowski Willcox, the students have been included in the design and structure of the building.

In assembly on Monday 29 September, when Mrs Harrington made the announcement, she told the girls: “Don’t be afraid to send your wackiest ideas, even those which have not been invented, yet – remember, anything is possible, it starts with an idea! The pupils who submit the most creative ideas will be invited to join our #lovelearning think tank and become our #lovelearning ambassadors, shaping the way the building is used and designed.”

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