|19 Mar 2021|
Last term, we warmly welcomed our girls into the newly refurbished Casson Library. We had hoped to host an official opening of this iconic building that holds such significance to members of our community past and present. It remains an integral part of life at Badminton School; the renovation embraces the new, whilst upholding Casson’s vision for a calm academic space and sustaining the joy of reading. The sympathetic transformation, which supports a blended learning approach, protected the strong architectural character of the building designed by Sir Hugh Casson; the six window seats remain allowing pupils to pause, quiet and enfolded in the green grounds.
The project has made a significance difference to life in School. The range of amenities form a bright open space for reflective or collaborative study; the study booths for greater focus and solitude. We encourage our girls to become resilient learners who are equally capable of working both independently and as part of a team, and the new space allows just that.
We are also, and perhaps most significantly, delighted to report that the transformation of The Casson Library has created a drastic change in its popularity. It is wonderful to see the library full of girls, reading, working and collaborating. The Fiction Library, now larger and brighter, is constantly teeming with girls who are eagerly reading one of its 16,000 books. The ‘Lounge Area’ is always in use with pupils taking time out of their full days to take a moment to refresh in the comfort of the tranquil setting. We very much look forward hosting future events in this wonderful new space.
The process of education is clearly changing and so are the needs of our pupils. Our new library has transformed the work practice of our girls, better preparing them for their next steps. We are incredibly proud of those staff and girls who have been a part of this project and we are looking forward to seeing it used to its full potential when times allow.
We are in no doubt that the renovation of The Casson Library was made possible by the generosity of our donors. The School continues to give thanks to those who enabled the transformation of this much-loved building through their philanthropic support. It has much such a difference.
We look forward to continuing being at the forefront of girls’ education, as we are already is in so many ways.
The Development Team
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