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New Language and Resource Centre

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The staff and pupils of Christ’s Hospital were honoured to welcome HRH The Duke of Gloucester, to the School for the official opening of CH’s truly magnificent new Language and Resource Centre (LARC).

The vision to build this outstanding new facility to house the ancient and modern language departments, as well as IT suites and the School’s library, became a reality when construction started in April 2014. The project finished on time and on budget for the start of the 2015 Michaelmas Term at a total cost of just under £9m.

The cost of the building was jointly met by Christ’s Hospital School and Foundation. A key factor in moving forward with the project was a major gift from James Arnell (Old Blue).

The LARC provides the pupils with state of the art facilities, which include:    

 The Language and Resource Centre provides the pupils with state of the art facilities, which include:

  • a digital laboratory for pupils to work independently using a variety of media such as audio, video, text files and language websites;

  • classrooms for the School’s Modern Language, Classics and ICT departments plus additional, breakout rooms and learning support facilities; A fully equipped library that occupies the top floor of the new building with panoramic views across the South Downs and the School’s Garden Quad;

  • a fully equipped library occupying the entire top floor of the building;

John Franklin, Head Master, said: “I am thrilled to have overseen such an exciting development at CH and have great pleasure in thanking Old Blues, in particular James Arnell, for his support. We strive to continue to improve our facilities in order to provide the best possible education for our pupils.”

James Arnell, who visited CH for the official opening of LARC, said: “I was fortunate to receive a good grounding in Latin, to study French and German through to A level. I could not at that time have imagined that I would go on to spend much of my life working in languages other than English. In this increasingly international world, languages are more important than ever.”  After leaving CH, James graduated in Law from Downing College, Cambridge.

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