"Roedean offers the kind of teaching, learning and all round experiences that enables every single girl to find her passion and voice."
The Sunday Times / Style - A Lesson in Design
“Using bold colour and cool british designers, Roedean has redefined boarding school for the 21st Century”, says journalist Giovanna Dunmall.
Following our recent completion of the Grade II listed boarding houses at one of the UK’s leading independent girls’ schools, BuckleyGrayYeoman’s interiors for Roedean School have been unveiled with an exclusive in The Sunday Times Style Magazine. This is the first time The Style Magazine has ran a full non-domestic interiors feature.
The article features a ‘Girl’s-Eye View’ which includes interviews with current students about how the refurbishment has changed the way they study & socialise, along with an interview with Annie Sheaf (former student and President of the Old Rodeanian’s Association).
“In my day, the rooms were cold, there was no colour and we had thin mattresses…the houses never felt like a home from home…now the houses are absolutely stunning, extremely comfortable and plush, offering everything a girl needs”, says Annie Sheaf.
“Roedean now has the swankiest boarding facilities in the country, perhaps in the universe”, says journalist Georgina Blackwell.
The article features the newly completed interior design of the four main boarding houses by architects BucklyGrayYeoman who maintained the integrity of the schools period features while working with modern fixtures and fittings created by current contemporary designers.
There are comments from the current students who were very much involved thoughout the design process and all of whom now feel the “new super-plush dorms have surpassed the purely aesthetic”.
“It does make it so much easier being away from home,’ says Bella Spinks. ‘I didn’t leave this whole weekend. You don’t feel like you have to go out”.
Roedean's brand-new boarding-house refurbishment is revealed in this short article, which briefly details the highlights of the newly-designed houses and includes quotes from Mr Blond and the director of BuckleyGrayYeoman, the archtitects engaged to transform the houses, Paul White.
"Architecture practice BuckleyGray Yeoman has refurbished four Grade II listed boarding houses at Roedean, bringing the Victorian buildings firmly into the 21st century with a refurbishment that is both sensitive and tasteful," says designer and writer Emily Martin.
The article takes an in depth look at the new boarding houses, designed by architects BuckleyGrayYeoman; their associate director, Laura O'Hagan, details the rationale behind the new designs.
"The new interiors reflect the school’s reputation for combining tradition with a progressive and forward-thinking approach to education, and are of the highest quality to be found in the UK."
Mr Blond explores what it's like to be headmaster of an all girls' school.
"My expectations of the girls are gender-neutral - I simply want them all to be happy in their environment and to be surrounded by teachers who kindle their various passions," says Mr Blond.
Pupils from the school took mince pies and festive cheer to Blind Veterans UK for the veterans to enjoy.
"It was in the autumn of 1885 when the three elder Lawrence sisters, Penelope, Millicent and Dorothy moved from the family home in Wimbledon to No 25 Lewes Crescent, Kemptown, and opened a school."
This article details the origins of the Roedean School we know and love today.
"Roedean School, one of Brighton’s most famous and enduring landmarks, celebrates its 125th birthday this autumn. The school was founded in 1885 by three sisters, Penelope, Dorothy and Millicent Lawrence [and] was originally located on a site in Lewes Crescent in Brighton, moving to its cliff-top site 13 years later.
"The popular girls’ school has become a feature of the city and a landmark in itself with its unique and imposing presence on the seafront. To mark the school’s birthday, some of Roedean’s best kept secrets have been unveiled…"
"Although the school has been a feature of Brighton life for more than 100 years, little is known about Roedeans quirkier side. To mark the schools birthday, here are 10 little known facts about Roedean."