Improving Biology and Chemistry

The redevelopment of our Biology and Chemistry Laboratories are a key goal for 2016.  These are key subject areas for our pupils, as all take biology and chemistry up to GCSE, and the majority continue to take at least one at AS and A Level.  

We are building a new two-storey block on the site of the old Chemistry Block, which was built in the 1950s.  This will house four biology laboratories and three chemistry laboratories, with adjacent prep rooms and staff work areas.  The existing  Biology Building, originally built in the 1950s and extended in the early 1990s, will be refurbished to provide three or four general purpose classrooms.  Once finished, the new laboratories and refurbished classrooms will give us much needed extra teaching space and will provide an improved learning environment for boys and staff.

Building work started in early 2015, and the building will be finished in summer 2016.  We have already raised enough to cover the bricks and mortar, which forms the bulk of the costs.  However, we still need to raise money to pay for the costs of fixtures, furniture and specialist equipment.  For instance, it will cost around:

  • £25,000 to fit out and equip each of the seven new laboratories
  • £5,000 to furnish a classroom in the old Biology Building
  • £500 to buy small pieces of specialist laboratory equipment

Any support that you can give to support this major project would be much appreciated.  You can make your mark on Reading School by supporting our Sponsor an Element Campaign

If you have any queries about any other aspects of improving school facilities, please contact Frances Greaney in the Development Office on 0118 9015600 ext 264, or email