Launched in 2015 by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, the Benenden School Centenary Vision is our 10-year development plan for enhancing the School in advance of our centenary year in 2023.
The Heart of Benenden campaign is the flagship investment of the Centenary Vision and will enable us to create a spectacular new School Hall and state-of-the-art Music School.
Designed by Guy Hollaway, an award-winning architect and Benenden parent, these aspirational and inspirational new £19 million facilities will dramatically enhance the experience of each and every one of our girls for years and indeed generations.
Our girls will congregate, praise, reflect, celebrate and share in a world-class School Hall. Our musicians will learn, appreciate, collaborate, practise and perform in facilities with world-leading acoustics that are befitting of their talents and that will enable them to reach their true potential.
A New School Hall
Almost 80 years after it was built for a school of around 200 pupils, we have outgrown the current School Hall. Benenden needs a new Hall fit for today’s school and for the future, one that can fit our 550 girls plus staff in comfort.
Designed by the multi award-winning Guy Hollaway Architects, the new School Hall will offer state-of-the-art acoustics and will give girls and audiences a truly professional performance experience.
In addition, retractable seating will provide the flexibility for the Hall to be used for a variety of events, while the bar area and catering facilities will enable the facility to be hired out to maximise its benefit to the community.
Crucially, the Hall will make the most of its position in one of the most beautiful parts of the School site, and the new design will retain some tiered seating which has been such a treasured part of the current Hall for generations of Benenden girls.
A New Music School
In addition to the new School Hall, the Music School will feature a smaller Recital Hall, with capacity for an audience of around 150 people, which will offer girls a performance space in a more intimate environment, perfect for rehearsals and smaller performances such as Lunchtime Concerts. This will also be the ideal environment in which girls can develop their confidence and skills in performing.
The Music School will have more than 20 practice rooms and classrooms, as well as a smaller performance room, IT suite and recording and performance booths. These facilities will offer girls plenty of opportunity for practice and to explore new musical passions.
The Music School will be linked to the School Hall by a bridge through a stunning atrium which will flow into the new courtyard outside, creating a tranquil and beautiful space in which girls will relax and gather with friends.