Transformational investment for historic school

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Eltham College has opened the doors to a new building that houses its maths and languages departments in the biggest development at the historic site in more than 50 years.

The new Turberville Building is named after Geoffrey Turberville, the school’s headmaster from 1930 to 1959, and was built using a significant funding package from Lloyds Bank.

The building is the new home for the south east London school’s modern and classical languages and maths departments, as well as a new sixth form centre with study space, careers office and onsite café.

Exceptional new facilities

The project which took 18 months to complete and was officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of London, Mr Kenneth Olisa, also includes a purpose-built medical and wellbeing centre, with specialist treatment, counselling and rest rooms.

The Foxbury Medical and Wellbeing Centre has been named to recognise the generous donation made to the College by the Old Elthamians Charitable Trust, which for 70 years has owned and used land in Chislehurst, bought from the Foxbury Estate in 1947.

"This is an exciting development for the College as we look to enhance our teaching and learning space before becoming fully co-educational from 2020."

Guy Sanderson, headmaster, Eltham College

Guy Sanderson said: "We are delighted that the Lord Lieutenant could join us and officially open these new buildings, which will allow us to provide exceptional new facilities for our students."

Working with architects Levitt Bernstein, a practical yet contemporary and elegant building has been created that meets the growing demands for specialist space in the College, which was founded in 1842.

"The brand-new facilities will not only be beneficial to pupils’ learning, but also their wellbeing, enabling them to reach both their personal and academic potential."

Anil Ahluwalia, relationship director, education sector, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

Committed to academic achievement

Anil Ahluwalia added: "Supporting Eltham College with this exciting new development forms part of our ongoing commitment to helping Britain prosper, and the education sector plays a key part in that.

"The College is a pillar of the local community, and we are looking forward to supporting it in the months and years ahead."

The College, which is set in almost 70 acres of playing fields, has around 875 students across its senior and junior schools.

It is committed to academic achievement of the highest standards and students are encouraged to perform at their highest level both academically and in the breadth of school life, whether that be sport, music, art or drama.

From September 2020, Eltham College will become fully co-educational when it begins to welcome girls in years three and seven, as well as the existing co-educational sixth form.

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