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Understand what we mean by merit and see the impact that funds have already made


Understand what we mean by merit and see the impact that funds have already made


The Schools are dedicated to providing the best possible learning experience and environment to enable pupils to realise their full potential. You can read more about current and past developments below. 

North End development

"The North End development is the next major step in the evolution of Dame Allan's Schools. It is a statement of intent and a vote of confidence, on behalf of the Governors and parent body, in the future of the Schools.

This two-storey building, complete with a living wall, will house our wonderful art department around a light and airy exhibition space for pupils to showcase their work and be inspired by others.

New science labs will mean the best facilities to enhance the pursuit of STEM careers - and I know pupils will have great fun taking part in practical work in these surroundings, too!"

Will Scott, Principal

The Tercentenary Appeal

In 2005 Dame Allan’s Schools marked the 300 year anniversary of the Schools’ Foundation and launched the Tercentenary Appeal. The campaign raised funds to enable the Schools to modernise dated facilities and create state of the art ICT facilities and a library to reflect education in a modern world.

With the generosity of Allanians, parents, staff and governors, the Tercentenary Appeal raised almost £600,000.

A new school library, placed in the middle of the school, was built and as well as being used as a library and resource centre during the school day, the new area enabled pupils to work quietly or do some self-directed study area before and after school.

The new ICT resource centre was equipped with workstations with flat screen technology, giving ample room for larger classes. Extra workstations in an adjoining room gave the flexibility for extra ICT lessons.

Junior School and Nursery

In 2010 we began work on a state of the art, self-contained Junior School and Nursery building at a six-acre site near Hunter’s Moor, Spital Tongues. Previously, Junior School pupils were divided across two sites. The total cost of the project was £8,878,000 which included the purchase of the site and building costs. 

Nursery and Reception now have their own purpose-built self-contained unit, with its own separate entrance. All the classrooms located on the ground floor open out into the outdoor spaces, so children can work and play together in their own safe break-out areas, moving inside and out depending on the weather and their activities. The building also boasts dedicated spaces for performing arts, science, art and design technology as a well as a spacious open-plan library in the heart of the school. 

This child-centric approach continues outside with extensive safe areas to play, as well as dedicated coaching areas for netball, rugby, cricket and athletics and an all-weather games area.

Every aspect of the innovative new school was designed around the needs of young children and to provide the school with all of the facilities necessary to provide a quality education in the 21st century.

Bringing our primary-aged children together on one site has helped to strengthen the quality of the Dame Allan’s primary offer and has enabled us to enhance our child-centric provision, making us one of the most popular junior schools in the city today. The facilities enable us to put active learning at the heart of the curriculum. The children are able to be creative and perform, enjoy playing sports and being active with one another as well as learning about the great outdoors: they explore the grounds of the wooded six-acre site, seeing the natural world first hand and watching the seasons unfold. For our youngest pupils, we have adopted an innovative education approach to outdoor play and learning in the woodland environment, taught by a Skogsmulle trained teacher.

Thanks to the support of donors, the new Junior School means that our pupils have a first class platform from which they can thrive in our happy and purposeful atmosphere, where there is always an enthusiastic ‘buzz’ of activity, and where they are ready and equipped to move onto the next step of their growth and development at the Senior School.

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