Plans for The Mermaid were announced at the start of 2018, as the College launched its largest-ever fundraising campaign. With £3m already raised in donations and pledges, and a further £2.4 million pledged by the College, the target is to raise the final sum to turn this from vision to reality.
We are 60% of the way toward The Mermaid being built, with your support we can transform the education of future generations of Epsomians.
The plans come in response to a step change in the academic performance of Epsom over recent years, and the resultant growth in pupils numbers. Since 2004, our community has increased by 28%.
Today, we teach 900 bright, talented and enthusiastic pupils, and our academic star is in the ascendency – record exam results, a leap up the league tables, and continued strong performance inside and outside the classroom.
Rather than rest on our laurels, the College is taking ambitious steps to secure its position as the pre-eminent co-educational school in London and the South East.
“Among this positive growth and strong sense of community, we lack one essential space: a co-educational space for pupils to come together, particularly in the Sixth Form.”
Jay Piggot, Headmaster.
The Mermaid will provide much-needed space to academic and cultural enrichment. Occupying 2,000 sqm at the heart of the campus, the centre will provide space for:
- academic excellence
- careers planning and advice
- cultural enrichment
The Mermaid will house seminar rooms, discussion pods, classrooms and a large study area. It will also feature a screening room and a state-of-the-art lecture theatre that accommodates 190 students. There will even be a cafe and gallery space.
The Mermaid is set to equip pupils with the essential skills to succeed in the 21st century, preparing them for University and the world beyond.
The building’s name is inspired by an audacious and enterprising group of pupils from Epsom’s past. In 1922, the reading of plays had been prohibited by the College as it was seen as a distraction from the rigour of academic pursuit.
Undeterred and undaunted, a group of bright young things formed The Mermaid Society to indulge their passion for the life of the mind, and their love of literature and the arts.
The Society was named after the Mermaid Tavern in London’s Cheapside, where Ben Johnson, John Donne, John Fletcher, Francis Beaumont and even – reportedly – William Shakespeare would meet on the first Friday of every month to discuss the ways of the world, away from the cares of the world.
A society formed independently by pupils, to quench their thirst for knowledge; they displayed bravery and initiative to break convention in pursuit of academic and cultural enrichment outside the classroom.
The very qualities held by the original Mermaid Society, find their expression in the transformative power of our exciting new building.
The Next Step
You can support this ambitious project in a number of ways. You can name a brick, a seat, a room, or even the building.
To find out more, please contact the Education Trust Director, Ms Helen Tranter, on 01372 821290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.