The Woodroffe Centre is one of the main focal points of the school. Named after the school’s founder Lionel Woodroffe, it was recently opened by Mrs Rosemary Hardcastle, Lionel’s daughter.
The Centre comprises a performance hall with raked seating providing a clear view of any production. There is one main music teaching room and a second music technology room with sixteen PCs available for music composition and it is available for other subject staff. The six music practice rooms and the Hodgson meeting room are on the first floor.
Assemblies for the main school take place in the hall three times a week. On Monday, Achievement Assembly occurs, which is a celebration of the boys’ successes in the classroom, on the games field or in other areas of school life. On Wednesday it is the Headmaster’s assembly and on Friday classes have the opportunity to perform and lead the session.
A variety of musical events take place during the year with informal concerts co-ordinated by the peripatetic staff, as well as orchestral and choral events.
The hall is used for Pre-Prep and Junior productions as well as the major drama performance. In the last few years productions have included ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Twelfth Night’ and ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’.
The hall is also used for Parents’, Curriculum and Information Evenings, as well as events hosted by the Parents’ Association.