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 thank all our donors who are supporting this project to transform the education of future generations of Epsomians.
The Next Step
You can support this ambitious project in a number of ways, by naming a brick, a seat, a room, or even the building.
Please contact the Education Trust Director, Ms Helen Tranter, on 01372 821290 or email@example.com
The Mermaid Naming Campaign
We are asking all OEs and members of the Epsom College community, to join us in naming a brick or a seat in The Mermaid, perhaps after your family, yourself, an inspirational teacher or past Master. All proceeds raised will help to fund this new exciting development.
Our challenge is to have all OEs’ names in stone, demonstrating the weight of tradition and success of our community.
A brick can be named for a donation of £250 and a seat in The Mermaid can be named for a donation of £350. Donations of over £500 will be recognised on a Donor Board which will be located in the new building.
Naming a Room or the Building
We are seeking financial assistance from our community to raise the remainder of the funds and there are sponsorship opportunities available to name key areas of the building. These start from £75,000 for a large classroom.
Many supporters have come forward to make a donation; some have done so anonymously and others have named rooms and parts of the building.
The Mermaid is one of the largest projects that the College has ever undertaken, the building will undoubtedly be a landmark site, marking Epsom’s growth and success at this point in our prestigious history.
The College is seeking around £2 million for full naming rights of the new building with advertising and marketing options available.
A full list of naming opportunities can be found on the link below.
Please contact the Education Trust Director, Ms Helen Tranter to find out more, on 01372 821290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The plans come in response to a step change in the academic performance of Epsom over recent years, and the resultant growth in pupil numbers. Since 2004, our community has increased by 28%.
Today, we teach over 900 bright, talented and enthusiastic pupils, and our academic star is in the ascendancy – 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 for academic and cultural enrichment. Occupying 2,000sqm at the heart of the campus, the centre will provide space for:
- Academic excellence
- Social time
- 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, a state-of-the-art lecture theatre that accommodates 190 students and a large 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 initial demolition work commenced in July 2020. Over the summer months, several temporary classrooms were installed in the car park opposite the Headmaster’s house, some buildings and garages were demolished and part of the groundworks needed to build The Mermaid were completed. There is now a large space where once stood the Sixth Form Centre (formerly the Tuck Shop and College Store) and the area is safely boarded off by Epsom College blue hoardings.
Building works continued in earnest in April 2021 and this prestigious development will be ever closer to becoming the new glittering jewel in the College’s estate.