STAFF and pupils at Weydon School in Farnham were honoured to have Simon Callow CBE to officially open their new Globe building.
Set in the courtyard of the building, an audience of parents, staff, Weydon alumni and VIPs were treated to an array of Shakespearean dancing, short plays and instrumental and vocal performances.
Simon ran drama workshops during the day with some year seven students who then performed a piece from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the audience.
Other performances included extracts from As You Like It and The Tempest, as well as a vocal performance of The Long Day Closes by Arthur Sullivan.
During Simon’s speech he applauded all Weydon staff and students on the “wonderful atmosphere”, “amazing facilities” and feeling of “family” within the school and remarked on how he felt the school was “an arena for the imagination”.
He touchingly commented on his feelings of hope for the future of education having spent the day within Weydon School and all that it represents.
The event heralded the culmination of Weydon School’s six year expansion project, which has seen the school expand its facilities to include a number of new buildings and sporting facilities.
Headteacher John Winter said: “It was a privilege to spend time with Simon Callow and to see the results of the workshops. The students who spent time with him were treated to an experience they will never forget.”
Six years ago in a darkened room within County Hall, Surrey County Council took the advice of Liz Hanrahan and her team and gave the go ahead to expand Weydon School to accommodate the rise in student numbers locally, and meet parental demand.
Crucially, at the same time they also gave permission for the governors and leadership team of the school to self-manage the project.
“Today we are in possession of a new cafe, a food court, a new textiles room, food tech room, two new astro turf pitches, new changing rooms, a fitness suite, athletics track, new netball and tennis courts, Keller (our SEN building), the Fermat centre, Ada and Vasari buildings, two new science laboratories, gallery space, drama studio and the Medici Theatre, and lastly the Globe with its state-of-the-art learning resource centre and 23 classrooms,” concluded Mr Winter.
“I am so grateful to the team that have worked so tirelessly to bring this project to fruition in particular all at Armfield Construction, Tuke Manton Architects and Richard Woods and his team at WSW Consultancy, who have managed the project throughout its duration.
“Thank you so much to the governors and all the staff for their co-operation, patience and understanding while the work was completed and most importantly to our students who provided the inspiration in the first place.
“These world-class facilities are not only enjoyed by our students but also by the wider community. It is a delight to see the academy so full of action and activity, we are home to many sports clubs, theatre groups and even the England Women’s Rugby Team have trained here.”