Grand Opening of Emmeline Pankhurst Building

Friday 6th March saw the official opening of our new building dedicated to the person who won women the right to vote. The ‘Emmeline Pankhurst Building’, forms the centerpiece of a £7 million revamp of the school site. It houses a main teaching block built comprising new humanities classrooms, arts, music and drama spaces including an activity hall, and a Sixth Form centre with a central atrium and café area.

At the opening, pupils focussed on Pankhurst’s life and legacy ahead of International Women’s Day this coming weekend, and read extracts from famous women’s rights speeches.

Headteacher Julia Tinsley said: “Staff and students are equally proud to have such fantastic facilities and are enjoying teaching and learning in 21st century surroundings at last.

“Not only is the building itself bringing a smile to the lips of our school community but its position at the heart of the school is making life more comfortable for students at lesson change, break and lunchtime.

“We have been really anxious to make sure that the new buildings enhance the beautiful campus on which the school is built, and maintain the unique character of Holly Lodge.

Grand opening of Emmeline Pankhurst Building from Holly Lodge Girls’ College on Vimeo.

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