[2016] School Enhancement Programme

In February 2016, following a successful application to the Department of Education, the school received confirmation of a grant under the School Enhancement Programme.

The first project of the development was the building of a new national standard all-weather hockey pitch with floodlighting and the provision of spectator viewing areas.

"Following extensive planning and assessment there are a number of developments due to be completed Summer 2017."

The second project to be completed under the enhancement programme was the replacement of the former War Memorial Pavillion with a multipurpose, two storey building. The new Pavilion building provides changing facilities, a dance/drama studio, a state -of-the-art gymnasium and office space. On the first floor there is a viewing gallery and balcony looking out over the front pitches.

The new Pavilion maintains the wooden slat appearance that was characteristic of the War Memorial Pavilion but the building extends extensively at the rear, maximising space, adding much needed new and improved facilities. Details of the former pavilion, including its origins as well as the War Memorial plaque itself, can be seen mounted at the entrance of the new Pavilion.

The two projects cost a total of £2.9 million. The School Enhancement Programme grant (Department of Education) funded £2.3 million, with the school left to fund a further £600,000.

Much to the delight of the both the teachers and pupils, the projects finished on time, opening for use in September 2017. The entire school family are extremely happy with the result. Already the staff, teachers and pupils have made good use of the facilities and are looking forward to making good use of the facilities in the many years to come.

[1980] Sports Hall | IT Suite | Music Suite

Having taken some time in the early 1980s to look at the accommodation and facilities that pupils attending Sullivan enjoyed, the Board of Governors concluded that there were some important gaps and, more importantly, that the chances of securing funding for further development from the Department of Education were, at best, very slim.

The Governors therefore decided, after a lot of thought and with many doubts and reservations, that the school should launch an ambitious appeal for the money that would enable the much-needed developments to be taken forward.

In the end and after a great deal of hard work, not least by the professional fund-raiser who was engaged to manage the appeal, the school raised something in the region of £750,000, most of it coming from parents and former pupils and a great deal being given through tax-efficient covenants which added significantly to the value of the gifts.

And the result was that the school was able to build the sports hall and new accommodation for music and IT and also to transform the swimming pool area into something much more welcoming and pleasant.

The generosity and the enthusiastic support of parents and former pupils were what enabled the appeal to be such a success, demonstrating along the way just how highly regarded the school is and what affection there is for it among its many, many alumni.

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[1962] The War Memorial Pavilion

In 1962 the iconic War Memorial Pavilion as we know it today was opened. The money to erect the building was provided by the War Memorial Fund which the Former Pupils Association launched in 1957­-58. By 1960, the sum of £590 had been raised, a sum which disappointed the Association's Secretary.

Following a bazaar run by the Association in the school grounds on Saturday 6 October 1962, almost £1000 was raised and ensured that the Fund reached its target.

Although the Pavilion was intended for use by the P.E. and games Department it has actually had a more chequered history. From the beginning it was used for classes, Preparatory Department even the music department held residence in the pavilion before moving to the current Music Suite in 1989.

The iconic building has served the school well over its 55 year life span, some will be sad to see the old stomping ground replaced, many glad, but looking to the future we should all be excited by it's successor.

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