The Bishop Centre
The Bishop Centre for the performing arts was completed in March and officially opened in June 2009. This flexible space has provided the school with a huge range of exciting possibilities to showcase the great range of talent within the school. The former church (a Grade 2 listed building) provides an inspiring space for gathering the whole school together as a community with relatively little adjustment needed – however the additions of a highly versatile lighting rig, acoustic blinds and movable floor space means that concerts and dance or drama performances of practically any configuration are possible within the space. The only limit is the imagination.
Already the building has hosted a Fashion Show, the Lower Fifth play, numerous music concerts and choral events, presentations, art exhibitions for GCSE, AS and A Level, public lectures as well as workshops and other events for students in-house. And this is only the beginning. The Bishop Centre has lifted the schools ability to stage a whole range of events in terms of providing a technical, professional facility for the performer or performing team as well as the ability to host our enthusiastic audiences in comfort and style. The excitement amongst the whole school community of girls, staff, parents and governors is palpable and we look forward to discovering even more adventurous events and productions in the future.