Talbot Heath was founded by Mary Broad over 130 years ago with the aim of being liberal, progressive and pioneering; those aims continue in the school’s new vision for the future which will ensure that Talbot Heath stays true to its aims with a future-focussed and pupil-centred approach that is distinctive from any other currently being offered in the UK. From September 2017, the school is introducing a whole school interdisciplinary approach to learning, offered to pupils from the age of 3 to 18, which will focus on creativity and digital proficiency. It will have a strong emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics), and staff will work in partnership with experts from Bournemouth University and the Arts University Bournemouth, as well as leading global institutions, to offer exciting curriculum programmes such as architecture, design thinking, computer animation and strategic thinking.
An exciting new, large scale centre will be built for the Creative and Performing Arts which will also house the school’s new technology centres for interdisciplinary learning. The CAT block (Creative Arts and Technology) will be coming down after many years of service and replaced by a state of the art building which will run along the length of the site, linking the current sports hall to the current drama studios. The three-storey building will include a flexible 600 seater auditorium, gallery and exhibition space, a virtual reality teaching space, drama studios, art, textiles, graphic design, robotics, computing and design studios, as well as extensive break out spaces where pupils can socialise and work independently. In addition, the pool will be covered, so that pupils have access to an indoor pool (linked to the sports hall) all year round.
The aim is to complete the whole process within two years, so that the building is ready to open in spring 2019. The TH vision has been very positively received by current pupils and parents. It will signify a new stage in the life of the school and will ensure that the educational provision offered remains relevant and dynamic, while retaining the emphasis on rigour and principles that has been at the heart of Talbot Heath since its establishment in 1886.