Without change progress is impossible. Whether you’re at the top or bottom of the mountain, growth is always essential and, for Lancing College Preparatory School at Hove, change is coming.
Graded Excellent by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in 2015 in recognition of the quality and range of teaching that it provides, they could be forgiven for resting on their laurels for the time being.
Instead, the school for girls and boys aged 3-13 has not only appointed a new Head but has also begun work on building a brand new, multi-purpose, state-of-the-art building for school and community use.
To oversee the upcoming changes, Mrs Kirsty Keep was appointed the new Head at Lancing Prep at the beginning of September, taking over from Alan Laurent after 14 years in the role.
Kirsty has a wealth of experience in the new position after holding a senior role at Edge Grove School in Hertfordshire before she took on the position of Head of Lower School at Downsend School in Leatherhead in 2005.
Dominic Oliver, Head Master at Lancing College, said, “These are exciting times indeed for the Lancing family of schools and Kirsty Keep’s appointment comes at the same time that we are able to announce success in our planning application for the building of Lancing Prep at Hove’s new multi-purpose hall. New facilities for pupils and the community alike will be available from September 2017.
“Furthermore, the new hall will enable us to respond to longstanding pressure for spaces: over time the school roll will expand from its current 250 pupils to 300 boys and girls. Hugely experienced and ambitious on every front, Kirsty is just who we need to guide the school into the next phase of its success.”
The new energy-efficient, two-storey building will be erected to the right of the existing school entrance and will include a multi-purpose school hall, changing rooms, a kitchen, a small gallery and foyer space, while the school car park will be reconfigured to enable more efficient parking.
And that’s not all. Once the new building is complete, Lancing Prep will begin a programme of work to the main school building to deliver improved classrooms, staff facilities, reception and administration areas and storage space.
Change is certainly coming.
Lancing College Preparatory School at Hove
Hove, BN3 6LU