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St Andrew's Open House for Staff

It was a pleasant surprise that on Monday morning staff received an ‘all staff email’ from Neil Burch, Senior Master Academic, inviting them to take a tour of the St Andrew’s Study Centre during their Wednesday lunch break.

Neil, who has been involved with the project from the outset, is delighted with how the building has turned out.

‘I appreciate that I am known for my love of cliché and hyperbole, but genuinely St Andrew’s is incredible, there is not a detail that I don’t like’

The design of the study centre has remained true to architect’s vision but also to the original building. Visitors commented positively on how much of the original architecture is present in the structure and that it is not just visible but integral to the way the Study Centre works.

Al MacEwen, Director of Development commented ‘Bradfield can be a pretty hectic place but St Andrew’s has a wonderfully calming quality, a place you can settle down.. and hopefully produce some quality work’

Mr Burch also invited his Upper Sixth Chemistry set to take a quick tour of the Study Centre, followed by a 45-minute Chemistry test in the freshly commissioned individual study books in the Sanctuary area. Proof of concept indeed, but don’t worry, not every visitor will be required to sit a Chemistry test!

The Study Centre still needs to further work - including transfer of the books from the Garrett Library - to be ready for pupils. These final stages will happen over the Easter holidays and the Study Centre will open for use on Tuesday 16 April.

Photos to be uploaded shortly

If you are interested in learning more about the St Andrew’s project journey, visit the dedicated St Andrew’s Project website. Donor Recognition options are still available, if you are interested in making a gift to the project do contact our Philanthropy Lead, Kirsty Perkinson on

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