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New modern languages and science centre opens

13 September 2013

A £5m modern languages and science centre has opened at King Edward\'s School in time for the new academic year.

The new development, called the Andrew Brode Wing, which also incorporates a new sixth form centre (pictured right), has been substantially funded by a donation from former pupil Andrew Brode who is the Executive Chairman of RWS Holdings and a keen linguist.

John Claughton, Chief Master of King Edward\'s School, said: \"The gift given by Andrew Brode is of great scale and significance and has enabled us to create outstanding new facilities for science and modern languages, including new laboratories, new classrooms and a new language laboratory. And there is a wonderful new space for Sixth Form pupils, too.

\"Languages are more important at King Edward\'s now than ever. Every boy takes at least one modern language to IGCSE and, since the introduction of the International Baccalaureate, every boy continues to study a language for two years in the Sixth Form. The school also has an outstanding scientific history with two Nobel Prize winners and the great tradition continues: this year we have seen the highest number of pupils ever to go to read Medicine at Oxford or Cambridge.\"

The development is part of a £25 million building programme that King Edward\'s School is undertaking. The first phase, the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, which was also substantially funded by former pupil Sir Paul Ruddock, was opened last year and the final phase will be a major development of the school\'s indoor sports facilities.

The modern languages and science centre will be officially opened on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 by Professor Martin Swales a former pupil of King Edward\'s and Emeritus Professor of German at University College London.