School Campus & Development
Since Walthamstow Hall moved to Sevenoaks in 1882, we have constructed the school around the needs of our pupils. Every building on our campus, from the original Arts and Crafts-inspired Victorian Main Building through to the new Sports Centre, has been purpose-built for us and designed for learning.
Our Main Building, containing the vaulted Dining Hall and Erasmus classrooms for Languages and Humanities, remains the solid heart from which the school has continued to expand and evolve.
Sixth Form Centre
In 1992, the Junior School was relocated to its own site nearby in Sevenoaks, allowing the creation of a separate Sixth Form centre, called EBH (Emmeline Blackburn House) in the Senior School grounds. This facility gives Sixth Formers greater independence in a supportive school context; ideal preparation for university life. Planning permission has been granted for the construction of a completely new Sixth Form Centre. Building will commence in 2016 with completion scheduled for Autumn 2017.
An ongoing programme of renovation and rebuilding has created bright, airy and modern classrooms grouped together in subject areas.
The Salmon Wing brings together the Creative Arts with airy classrooms for English, a floor of Art and Textiles Studios and a well-stocked Library and Information Centre with panoramic views over Knole Park and the North Downs.
The Erasmus Centre for Humanities, Languages and Classics sits on two refurbished and renovated floors in our old Main Building and a suite of four new dedicated Mathematics classrooms was completed in 2009.
We integrate ICT into the way we work and learn, so Computer Suites are complemented by mobile sets of laptops and computers in teaching areas around the school.
The bright and spacious Art Studios in Salmon Wing were completed in September 2010 with the opening of a new Design Technology Room, which has been developed on the site of the original laundry, with funding from The Wolfson Foundation.
Walthamstow Hall boasts a state-of-the-art Science Block (refitted with the financial assistance of The Wolfson Foundation) with seven laboratories, three preparation rooms and a dark room, over three floors, dedicated to each of the Sciences.
Music and Drama
The Ship Theatre is the focus for our Performing Arts. Equipped to professional standard, it is a perfect performance venue for Drama and Music. The School’s Main Hall, with larger audience capacity, is in regular use for concerts, performances and as an assembly hall in which the school can gather together for Prayers. The John Downton Music Room (2010) and the Elwes Drama Studio (2009) also offer impressively equipped, but more intimate, rehearsal and performance spaces.
In 2008 we opened our state-of-the-art, 25 metre, six-lane Swimming Pool Complex, a development that also saw the re-creation of the Mulberry Hall as a useful indoor space for activities and additional Exam Hall. The new Sports Hall, opened in September 2015, is augmented by new changing facilities, a large Teaching Room, Fitness Room and Fitness Studio. As well as our own Lacrosse pitch, Squash court and Tennis and Netball courts we have direct access to the neighbouring Holly Bush AstroTurf for lessons and matches.