Our Stage 1 goal will be to refurbish Wilkinson House, rejuvenating a much-loved building and helping to preserve the legacy of Emil Sodersten. Originally purchased as a block of flats, Wilkinson House became home to the School’s boarders in the 1960s. While small flats became cosy spaces for boarders at the time, Wilkinson House is now used for classrooms. This means amongst many things, teachers and students are restricted by inflexible and awkwardly shaped classrooms with limited natural light, as well as inefficient and unreliable technological connectivity. All something you would expect in a modern school.
Detailed planning and design are being carried out, and when approved, the new Wilkinson House will deliver the first of the contemporary and accessible learning spaces under the Masterplan. We want to provide modern, flexible learning spaces, better use of all available areas and improve circulation and traffic flow. The redevelopment will also allow us to extend our sports facilities, with plans to connect the lower floor of Wilkinson to the current Sports Hall.
In 2021, the SCEGGS Trust will be launching the Light Her Path campaign which will allow us to redevelop Wilkinson House.
We know buildings alone do not make a school, but the best education warrants excellent facilities to support outstanding teachers. Therefore, we are seeking the support of our community to help us raise $10 million for the transformation of Wilkinson House.