The Centre for Creative Learning at Francis Holland School in London’s Sloane Square was opened on 3 July by award winning author Sarah Crossan.
The design unlocks an overshadowed corner of the school’s unique conservation area setting by eking out a partly subterranean space to house a naturally lit library and rooftop garden. The ‘Chelsea Garden’ is contoured and planted with a diversity of plants and sits above a book lined library with different spaces for formal learning and providing a distinctive and comfortable area for pupils to sit and read.
Sarah spoke about the importance of nurturing children’s humanity in a creative environment. “A library is a place where you can explore other lives and find empathy through reading books.”
Girls aged 4 to 18 can enjoy the tranquil, biodiverse rooftop garden with its water feature, bug hotel and edible garden, in the heart of Belgravia as well as dropping in any day to speak to Place2Be or counsellors in the Wellbeing Suite.
As part of the same building programme sixth form pupils also benefit from the new Centre for Creative Enterprise which includes a Fitness Suite as well as seminar rooms for small group teaching, entrepreneurial spaces to meet business mentors and dedicated study areas to encourage independent learning and preparation for life beyond Francis Holland.
Headmistress, Lucy Elphinstone, said, “I am delighted to see the realisation of our new Centre for Creative Learning and Centre for Creative Enterprise. It is so exciting to see new spaces emerging within our school for our girls to develop their imagination, intellect and wellbeing.”