We have spent a great deal of time over the past few years exploring possibilities for the expansion of facilities for pupils and staff. Governors, teachers, administration staff and business development professionals have all been working together to do the very best to ensure that Glendower builds upon its already excellent reputation by moving forward and offering more in terms of space and resources. It has been an everevolving process and I am sure that it will continue to be so over the coming years. I am therefore delighted to announce that the Kensington & Chelsea Council Planning Committee unanimously granted our planning and listed building applications and also our change of use application on Tuesday night this week. In line with previous building works at Glendower, we shall adopt a phased approach and the much of the works will take place over the summer holidays so as to cause minimal disruption to the day to day running of the school, although the initial works will be starting on the upper floors of 87 Queen’s Gate in the coming months. Once we have more tangible information about the stages of development, we shall, of course, share this with you.
I could not be more excited to be leading the school at such an exciting time of development and am so grateful for all the support I receive from our incredibly committed staff, parents and governors. I would like to thank the many of you who responded to our request and wrote into the Council with letters of support. I am sure that it made all the difference. I would like to mention especially our Chair of Governors, Rupert Harrison, who has been a leading force in our strategic planning and in driving our professional team through the process.