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Jack Pouchot opening

8 May 2018

Our £6million Jack Pouchot building has been officially opened by HRH the Duke of Kent.

Our Jack Pouchot building will provide additional capacity allowing us to create additional places in September 2019. With its simple modern lines and sympathetic external finishes, this new landmark building reconnects our historic school with its contemporary commercial neighbours.

This brand new state-of-the-art building improves the music, art and drama spaces for our boys to foster their creativity. The new building will also provide additional multi-function teaching spaces and offices for the United Westminster Schools Foundation who manage five high-performing schools including Westminster City School.

At the opening, our current Head Boy said: “... by naming this building after Jack, we hope that we will inspire generations to come. Westminster City School will be able to educate so many more students as a result of this building project. Today's historic opening will enable the continued remembrance of a truly heroic individual. A devoted individual.”

Jack Pouchot’s story is one of gallantry, bravery and ultimately tragedy. The decision to name the new building after Jack, a former pupil of the school, was influenced by research carried out by former Headmaster and Cadet Officer Mr James Wilson. The fact that the building has been in development since 2014 and completed in 2018 is not lost on a school community who lost so many young men during the First World War. Luckily, today, we live in a world where 15 year-old boys are no longer sent to war or put in a position to be awarded Distinguished Conduct Medals for bravery. Jack Pouchot was, and will forever remain, the youngest recipient of the DCM.

Peter Broughton, Headteacher, said: “Our Jack Pouchot building will help our School to offer some of the best learning facilities in London. It has improved not only our physical environment - so that it is aligned with so many of the contemporary buildings in our immediate vicinity - but also the learning culture within the Creative Arts, RS and so many other subjects.”

On reflecting on the name of the new building, Mr Broughton added: “I truly believe that Westminster City School continues to produce students of the calibre of Jack Pouchot whose sense of duty and determination, whose scholarship and service are second-to-none.”

Designed by specialist schools’ architects, the new building replaces the previous Puttick Building. The development has involved Westminster City School and our pupils, working closely with leading architects and property developers responsible for the recent improvements to the Victoria area. Pupils have benefitted from a range of extra-curricular learning experiences with Patrick Lynch Architects, Land Securities, 3BM and Westminster City Council.

Chair of Governors Carol Rider said: “Our boys have enjoyed the opportunity to play a part in the re-generation of not just our own school but the wider community. Helping and caring about other people is a message that resonates with our school ethos. It is a valuable lesson that will help them in the future.”

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