THE Hammond School in Chester has won major new Government funding for an extension of its facilities.
The Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has pledged a figure of just under £3.1 million toward the building of a music school plus additional dance studios within the school’s grounds at Hoole Bank, Chester.
The department currently offers bursary funding for talented pupils who attend the Hammond, through the Music and Dance Scheme.
The music school will form an extension to the Hammond’s recently completed performing arts centre, also part-funded by the DCSF, and will contain a state of the art recording studio in addition to individual practice rooms.
The new dance studios will also offer much needed additional space, in order that the best training provision may be offered to all the talented dance students who attend the school.
This funding will also part-support the planned provision of new boarding facilities onsite at The Hammond.
Head of school, Maggie Evans, said: ‘This is terrific news for The Hammond School. We are very grateful to the Music and Dance Scheme and the DCSF for their generosity.
“These funds will be critical in ensuring a positive and dramatic phase in the school’s development, and will enable us to support many more talented young people within these new and exciting facilities.”
The Hammond School will be holding an open day for prospective post-16 dance/musical theatre students on Wednesday, November 5, 10am–4pm plus a Lower School Academic, Music and Drama Open Morning on Saturday, November 8 from 10am–1pm. Ring 01244 305350 for more details.