Exciting Projects and Investment

The future at Abberley Hall looks bright as, with the support of Malvern College, we have embarked on an ambitious plan to invest and improve our school facilities and grounds. Many of our historic buildings and unique artifacts have recently been renovated and restored to their former glory. While taking care to look after our past, we are excited to be making future improvements and launch new projects.

A huge amount of work was done over the Summer to refurbish areas within the Victorian mansion. This included painting, carpeting, lighting, new pictures and new furniture in downstairs areas and up on the boarding floors. A child’s environment has a huge impact on the way that they think and feel and so it has been wonderful to see the appreciation they have for these lovely refurbished areas around the school.
We have plans to resurface the Netball Courts during the Summer holidays and we hope that the newly surfaced facility will be ready for use from September 2022.
Work on Yates Theatre and the Music School is almost complete and this fantastic new space is already in use. Music lessons now take place in this new area and we have already used Yates Theatre for a handful of events. Finishing touches are going in and we will be having public events in the beautiful Yates Theatre from next term onwards. We can’t wait for parents to see this very special and historically unique space! 
We have had large-screen TVs installed in a number of classrooms and teachers have been issued with MacBook laptops and new ipads. These have already proved to be an outstanding addition in the classrooms and we look forward to introducing personal ipads for our older children from April 2022. As I have said before, new technology in the classroom will enhance the learning experience hugely but these devices will be strictly for education only – they will not be leisure devises!
The EYFS courtyard, used as an outdoor play area for Nursery and Reception, will be having a complete makeover towards the end of this Summer term and it will be ready for the new school year in September 2022. The area will be resurfaced with artificial grass, have a new covered area to shelter from sun and rain and it will become an inspiring outdoor space for multi-sensory play and learning with shingle, bark, plants, water-play, sound-stations, a Hobbit House and all sorts of exciting, natural-feeling areas to explore. This project is with the designers now and we can’t wait to see what they come up with and for work to begin! 
The Ashton Fountain had been looking sorry for itself for about 20 years but, thanks to a very generous donation from an ex-parent, it has now been restored to its former glory. The pond was dug out and resealed, a new pump was fitted, the stone was sandblasted and repointed and the statue in the middle was mended. The Ashton Fountain is now fully up and running and looking as beautiful as when it was first installed in the 1960s.
We will also be repainting the exterior of the Pre-Prep in the Spring, with the main focus being the renovation and painting of windows, doors, facias and drainpipes. 
The original Victorian Drawing Room has been transformed into a new School Office. From 5th January, it will house our Secretaries, Marketing Officer, Head of Admissions and Finance Officer. Please do pop in and say hello. Parents are still welcome to drop children by the Swimming Pool but you are equally welcome to drop them off at the main Front Entrance. The Front Hall will become the arrival point for all visitors to the school.