Adams’ Grammar School has unveiled plans to move their senior boarding pupils into a fully refurbished purpose designed building.
Beaumaris Court, a former care home which ceased trading in December, has been purchased by the school’s founders the Haberdashers’ Adams’ charity, which owns the school buildings. The building will be fully refurbished and opened as a senior boarding House, for up to 46 boys, in September 2017. The boarders, aged from 15 to 18 are currently housed in three linked townhouses on the High Street, either side of Muse Bridal Wear. Junior boarders, aged from 11 to 15, will remain at Longford Hall, the site of the school’s playing fields.
Headmaster Gary Hickey explained the reasons for the move “in our most recent published OFSTED report the inspectors commented on the outstanding pastoral care our boarders receive but were unable to give our boarding facilities an overall Outstanding rating because of the fabric of the senior boarding house. The townhouses on the High Street are listed buildings and there are limits on the changes that can be made.”
“While the boys love their home and will be very sad to leave, we have been aware for some time of the pressing need to improve the facilities and offer them a boarding experience closer to what they will experience at university. We have been looking for a suitable building to become available close to the school site for some time and Beaumaris Court is ideal. It is very close to the rear entrance to the school and all its facilities and was specifically designed for residential purposes. We’ll be able to offer the boys more communal space and more privacy as all bedrooms will be single or double occupancy with en-suite facilities.”
“We told the boarders and their parents about our plans earlier this week and received an overwhelmingly positive response. The boys will be involved in the refurbishment project and are really excited about shaping their new term-time home. There’s lots of work to do between now and September but I believe this new facility will set boarding at the school on really firm foundations for the future.”