Former pupil opens new £1.6 million building at Rugby High School

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A former student at Rugby High School has opened the new £1.6 million Olive Hands building.

Fiona Reynolds DBE, opened the new facility that was built with funding received from the government for the expansion of successful schools.

The Olive Hands Building houses a new sixth form centre, two new science laboratories, four classrooms and ICT facilities.

The new building has enabled Rugby High School which is over subscribed, to expand to admit four forms of entry rather than three.

Designed by Svetlana Solomonova of the Building Design Partnership and built by A and H Construction and Development plc, the new building links seamlessly into the pre-existing school and is the perfect present for a school which is celebrating its 110th birthday this year.

Headteacher, Charlotte Marten, said: “We are delighted that Fiona, who has transformed the National Trust has been able to make time in her busy schedule to open this wonderful new building which is named in honour of the school’s founding headmistress. Olive Hands was an extraordinary and visionary woman. A graduate of London University in an age when few women had access to tertiary education, she was determined to give others access to the same opportunities as she had enjoyed, recognising the extraordinary power of education to transform people’s lives. She opened her school in 1903 in order to give the young women of Rugby access to a first class education that would open the doors to many vocations.”

Olive was insistent that women should be able to study science and engineering.