Queen Katharine Building and the Donaldson
|Our new state-of-the-art Science and Maths facility, The Queen Katharine Building (QKB), opened its doors to pupils in September 2015. The £10.6 million two-storey development has some 2700 square metres of floor space and includes 12 science laboratories and five new Maths classrooms (linking to three existing ones). It additionally houses a Digital Learning classroom, ICT server rooms, a greenhouse, technician areas, a conference room, staff room and break out spaces - all in a bright, light and modern space with extensive views over the School's playing fields beyond.
The development provides us with some outstanding facilities in which to teach the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. Much time and thought has been put into its design to ensure that each subject has a bespoke teaching space best suited to its needs.
The Queen Katharine building is a clear statement that our school recognises the importance of STEM subjects and is committed to providing pupils with the opportunities to excel in these fields.
Director of Science Mr Alastair Gray said: “The spacious, fully equipped laboratories will provide pupils with all that they need to engage in exciting and stimulating practical work, thus equipping future generations with the skills they need to become experts in their chosen fields.
"This building is a clear statement that our school recognises the importance of STEM subjects and is committed to providing its pupils with the opportunities to excel in these fields. I hope that this building will also attract attention from the wider scientific community as a suitable hub that can be used to help promote the importance and enjoyment of Science beyond the classroom.”
Sixth Form student Michael Oakley is delighted with the new laboratories and classrooms. He said: “Whether it's something as simple as having ceiling hooks to hang Searle's Apparatus from in physics, or more availability of fume cupboards for chemistry, having a modern building devoted almost entirely to maths and science subjects is very exciting.”
As part of the QKB project, the School’s original Donaldson science facilities have also been transformed into modern Geography, Art History and Food and Nutrition classrooms - providing spacious new facilities for these departments.