Wroughton 6th Form Centre
In 1995 we raised £2.5 million to build the Wroughton 6th Form Centre. This centre provides university style accommodation for the 6th form at Mary Hare School and it enabled the school to double the number of 6th formers attending. Now there are on average between 60 and 70 young people attending Mary Hare 6th form, studying for a range of A levels and BTECs.
Arlington Arts Centre
In 2006 KT Tunstall opened this fantastic arts centre on the Mary Hare campus. The Foundation raised £2.5 million towards Arlington Arts Centre and Music Therapy Unit. On the ground floor there are teaching rooms, a band room, recording studio, music lesson rooms and a music technology room. This teaching space has enabled the young people at the school to explore music, dance and drama. Nearly every pupil takes part in the school production.
The Centre also hosts a programme of live events for the public and hires out it’s conference space an auditorium to raise extra funds for the school.
The Murray House appeal was given a kick-start with a very generous legacy left to the school by Mrs Margaret Murray – the aunt of a pupil. In 2013 Pippa Middleton opened Murray House – a boarding facility for the Year 10 pupils.
The appeal raised the £2 million required to build this modern, comfortable boarding house, which includes kitchens for the students, common rooms, laundries and a study room with computers.
Howard House II
In 2015 Mary Hare School was faced with the problem of being a school that is in demand. For the first time, there were more children wanting to enter in Year 7 than there were beds! Not wanting to be defeated by this challenge, the fundraising department raised, in record time, £200,000 towards an additional building to increase the capacity of Howard House. It has made the experience for the young people leaving home, mostly for the first time, much more enjoyable, offering a large common room and a beautiful kitchen, funded by Mr Simon Parker Bowles and his friends, where pupils enjoy honing their cookery skills in the evenings.
The Sink or Swim Appeal
This last appeal raised £420,000 towards the total refurbishment of the school’s rather dilapidated swimming pool. Earlier in 2017, Duncan Goodhew joined pupils in the new pool, to officially declare it open.