Dame Alice Owen's School breaks ground on new teaching block

The Master was delighted to be invited to ‘break ground’ to mark the official commencement of the construction of the new teaching block at Dame Alice Owen’s School on Friday.  The School is excited to be beginning this project, which has been three years in the planning, and will replace the old building with a well-designed, modern, space which will benefit both staff and students.

The Headteacher of the School, Hannah Nemko, thanked the Brewers’ Company for its support, saying: “We would not be here were it not for the generosity of the Worshipful Company of Brewers, without whom the teaching block would certainly not be able to have been the quality we know it will be or, more likely, would not be happening at all.  As a school we benefit daily from all that you do for us and all that you give us.  We hope to continue to make you all proud of what we achieve here and we thank you for helping us all to work, teach and learn in an environment fitting the calibre of the staff and students we have here today.”

During the ceremony, the Chairman of Governors read a letter from the Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE, MP for Hertsmere, who said: “It is wonderful to see all the incredible hard work that went into securing this building now coming to fruition and I look forward to visiting again soon to see it for myself.  Dame Alice Owen’s is one of our very best local schools here in Hertsmere and I am sure that these new facilities will mean you only go from strength to strength.”

The construction project, which is being funded by grants from the Department for Education and the Dame Alice Owen Foundation, is due to be completed in 2019.


Photograph: Peter Martin (Chair of Governors), Paul Wells (Master Brewer) and Hannah Nemko (Headteacher) with students at the ceremony.  The Head Girl sits in the digger.