Major boost for school’s campaign to build new Art and Design Technology Centre

(l-r) Dan Brown, Upper 6th student, Steve Ellis, Pocklington School Head of Design Technology, Sofia Risso-Gill, Upper 6th student, Dan Cimmerman, Pocklington School Head of Art and Georgie Fenny, Upper 6th student, with the new graphics to be used to promote the campaign.
(l-r) Dan Brown, Upper 6th student, Steve Ellis, Pocklington School Head of Design Technology, Sofia Risso-Gill, Upper 6th student, Dan Cimmerman, Pocklington School Head of Art and Georgie Fenny, Upper 6th student, with the new graphics to be used to promote the campaign.

Pocklington School’s campaign to build a new Art and Design Technology Centre has received a significant boost with the granting of planning permission for the proposed £2.5 million structure.

As part of the next phase of the school’s strategic development plan, the new centre will replace the existing building which houses the two departments and is designed to inspire the pursuit of traditional arts and crafts plus provide cutting-edge facilities for digital imaging, editing, animation and computer-aided design and manufacturing technology.

The campaign to raise the funds needed to build the new centre is in full flow and has been warmly received and well supported to date. The next series of campaign receptions for parents is taking place in early March, where parents can come along and find out more about the campaign and how its success will make such a difference to the pupils and the School.

Mark Ronan, Pocklington School’s headmaster, said: “The new Art and Design Technology Centre is an ambitious project, but one we believe will prove invaluable for generations to come. The fact we’ve been granted planning permission brings it a step closer, which is hugely exciting.

“Art and Design Technology are no longer the niche subjects they once were, but part of the mainstream curriculum, highly regarded by employers from a wide range of industry sectors, who want bright, motivated employees who are able to think creatively, problem solve and innovate. The centre’s facilities will place emphasis on developing these skills in our pupils, continuing our tradition of providing an inspirational environment from which they can pursue their own ambitions in the future.”

The school’s fundraising campaign has also involved a team of Upper Sixth Form art and photography students, who have designed a set of striking graphics to use on promotional material for the campaign. Sofia Risso-Gill, Dan Brown and Georgie Fenny have used a mix of art, design and photography techniques to create the designs, to bring to life the campaign’s theme of ‘inspiring creative minds’.

The new Centre, which will be built on the school’s 65-acre campus, will continue the art and design technology departments’ long tradition of innovation and inspiration, fostering cross-fertilisation between the different disciplines, while maintaining a watchful eye for new ideas and technology. It also incorporates the space to display pupils’ creations, to provoke debate and inspire others.