We were delighted and extremely proud to hear that Giggleswick was one of only three schools in the country to be shortlisted for the Boarding Refurbishment and Extension Award 2019 as part of the British Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) annual awards. The award acknowledges the work that schools have put in to provide pupils with an exceptional place to live, study and play.
In September 2018, we completed the first phase of our multi-million pound investment into our boarding houses with the refurbishment of Nowell House. The project has been the result of extensive collaboration with our pupils, house staff, architects and interior designers to create a new leading-edge model of family-friendly boarding here at Giggleswick.
Headteacher, Mark Turnbull, said “We wanted to create a house environment that would make a tangible difference to the lives of our students and staff. Our challenge has been to ‘future proof’ our provision to meet the changing needs of families and the expectation of our pupils. Our buildings allowed us to be more creative and better organise our accommodation in a way that maintains the integrity of house structures whilst allowing flexibility in how space is used to provide the best home from home experience for everyone from full boarders to flexi boarders and day pupils.”
The redesign is now more reflective of a family home where pupils spend their day on the lower floor of the house - in the living areas, kitchen space, individual and shared studies. In the evenings, the boarders will then come together as a wider community across three houses on the upper floors. This has now laid the path for a longer term plan and model for our boarding provision. Paley and Shute houses are next in line for refurbishment and the boarding floor will expand as part of this rolling programme.
Giggleswick was shortlisted for the award alongside Brighton College and St Leonards. All three schools were praised for demonstrating excellence in design, innovation and sustainability in their projects and the final award was presented to Brighton College at the BSA Annual Conference for Heads in front of an audience made up of delegates from the UK's leading independent schools.