Imagining Our Future

Imagining Our Future

The School is developing exciting plans for its future and they are outlined in our Imagining our Future Brochure (PDF).

Junior School Development Plan

Architects visual of Junior School DevelopmentMuch of the Session 2016/17 was spent in determining priorities within the Masterplan that was drawn up for us by the late Gareth Hoskins and which will inform the development of the campus over the next 15–20 years.

The general aspirations of the Masterplan have now been turned into a series of specific projects which are ambitious but we believe will be affordable and achievable.

The first of these will see a radical redevelopment of both the Upper and Lower Primary School buildings in order to:

  • Bring our Nursery together in one place and increase capacity whilst improving the way that both buildings relate to each other.
  • Create a new reception area and five classrooms for the Upper Primary School, enabling us to finally retire the 'temporary' classrooms, have better designated spaces for Modern Languages teaching and to increase the capacity in P6 by one class.
  • Create a new Junior School Music Suite to support the outstanding work of the Music Department a new Upper Primary Library space on the first floor.
Subject to the necessary planning consents and approval from the Merchant Company Education Board this development should be completed by the start of Session 2019/20.

Subject to the necessary planning consents and approval from the Merchant Company Education Board this development should be completed by the start of Session 2019/20.

Foundation Places Programme

We wish for Watson’s to be a place of aspiration for young people from across the City – and further afield – who at the moment may not see the School as being a place for them.

We believe that there is huge potential to build on the 20-year-old success of our Foundation Places Programme, to widen its scope and deepen its impact and by so doing break down the barriers that too often prevent talented and ambitious young people from seeking a place at Watson’s for themselves.This will be a major feature of our work in Session 2017/18 and we hope that it will bear fruit soon afterwards.