2018 marked the 175th anniversary of the founding of Eltham College; it may also prove to be one of the most significant years in the College’s history as we began several projects designed to secure our future as one of the leading independent schools in the country.
The old Jubilee block was demolished to make way for the construction of the new Turberville building on the west side of the Old Quad, which now links to the existing buildings via a new colonnade. The Turberville Building will become the teaching space for Mathematics and Modern Languages. Right at the centre of the building is a triple-height, glazed atrium, which will create a stunning link between the quad and the playing fields to the east as well as giving direct access to the new David Robins Sixth Form Centre. New landscaped areas provide seating for students as well as a calm focus at the heart of the school, with the iconic statues of Speed and Power re-positioned in a raised bed, and the much-loved statue of Mendelssohn moved to watch over musicians as they enter the Music School.
The new building is named after Geoffrey Turberville, the longest serving Headmaster in Eltham College’s history who steered the school through the turbulent years from 1930–1959.
David Robins Sixth Form Centre
At the centre of the Turberville Building is the David Robins Sixth Form Centre, named after the President and one of the major donors of our Centenary Campaign. The centre also recognises David’s contribution as a former Chairman of Governors.
Sixth Form life is an important transitional time for students as they prepare for university and life beyond Eltham College. The new centre has been designed with this transition in mind: it has dedicated seminar spaces providing a venue for lectures and discussions with visiting speakers, as well as specialist areas for careers and university advice. Additionally, there will be study spaces to encourage independent and collaborative learning and a spacious social area and café.
Medical and Well-being Pavilion
At Eltham College we want all students to have the opportunity to explore, grow and discover their own direction. While we give them the space to thrive and the encouragement to try anything, we also have a strong reputation for providing them with specialist help when needed.
In recognition of this we have designed a new purpose-built Medical and Well-being Centre, which will be built alongside the new Turberville Building with:
• A medical treatment room for our skilled nursing staff
• Rest rooms and quiet rooms for students
• Discrete spaces for trained counsellors
• Centre for the Chaplaincy
• Dedicated space for Special Educational Needs (SEN) learning
Giving students the space and support they need when they feel unwell, may want to have a confidential chat or need additional support, is crucial to their overall happiness and learning during their time at the College.
Through the support of a very generous anonymous donation, three of our core sports will receive substantial new facilities.
- An extension to College Meadow to create a two-storey
pavilion with improved viewing and catering
- A 300-seat covered grandstand
- An all-weather 3G artificial pitch with improved pitch lighting
- Refurbished changing and treatment rooms
- A new strength and conditioning room and additional physiotherapy rooms
- Lecture space
- A second Hockey astro pitch to enable more students to participate in Hockey and for the College to host more Hockey tournaments
- Practice and warm-up area
- A new pavilion, with additional changing, in the centre of the school site, for shared use with Cricket
- Additional practice nets
- A new pavilion, with additional changing and storage, in the centre of the school site, to be shared with Hockey
The benefits to all students at Eltham College from the expertise and modern facilities of these top level sports clubs is immense. With the new phase of development to the existing buildings and pitches, students of all ability levels and ages will have improved facilities for training and match days, while the input and coaching from on-site professional clubs will continue to provide a clear pathway for those students who wish to pursue sport at an elite level.
Find out more about the project in our booklet The Future