Performing Arts Centre project for Chipping Campden School and community gains major funding boost
The project for a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre at Chipping Campden School has made a significant leap forward following the announcement of two major grant awards for the project.
The Rockspring Charitable Trust and the Wolfson Foundation have contributed significant sums to help fund the technical equipment and high specification facilities required so that generations of students and local people can benefit from a modern and fully-equipped space to enjoy the creative and expressive arts.
A Trustee of the Rockspring Charitable Trust commented “We are delighted to be a key supporter as the project will, undoubtedly, bring long-lasting benefits to the education and wellbeing of young people who attend Chipping Campden School. It will inspire creativity, widen educational opportunities and increase access to culture, both for the school and the community.”
Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation said, “We are thrilled to be supporting Chipping Camden School. We aim that funding from the Wolfson Foundation is a mark of excellence, and it is always awarded following rigorous and independent expert review. The new lighting and audio systems that we are funding in the Performance Arts Centre is part of a wonderful project that hopefully will be a huge asset for the whole school community.”
The Centre is to be a major enhancement to both the School and the town. Plans include a theatre, cinema, exhibition, rehearsal space and an outdoor Amphitheatre for everyone to enjoy, and to attract a wide variety of cultural events to the town. The facility will enable the school to expand the curriculum with additional creative courses, providing a fully comprehensive and broad education for all students.
Chipping Campden School bucks the trend of many schools who are dropping creative subjects. Studies show that participation in the performing arts boosts confidence, resilience and has a positive impact on general wellbeing. Additionally, it is estimated that the creative industries contribute more than £100Billion per year to our economy.
John Sanderson, School Principal, said “We are so proud to be associated with such distinguished organisations as the Rockspring Charitable Trust and the Wolfson Foundation. This is certainly a major milestone in our fundraising efforts, bringing the total so far to £500,000. I truly believe that such significant endorsements will inspire other individuals and organisations to join us and commit to our Performing Arts Centre funding campaign and help us reach our target of £1.4Million”.
There are a number of events and initiatives planned which will enable individuals and other organisations to become involved in the fundraising for this exciting project.