Bournside School was delighted to have the Director of GCHQ, Jeremy Fleming formally open its new multi-million pound Mathematics Hub today 5 July in front of a groups of school governors, staff and students. Mr Fleming said ‘I am honoured to open the new Bournside School Maths Hub, named after a figure so integral to GCHQ. Encouraging children to take up STEM subjects has never been more important. I hope that this magnificent new facility helps to inspire and nurture the next generation, providing them with the skills fit for our digital age’.
The building is the school’s new centre for mathematics excellence and has been named after an icon of mathematics and cryptographer from the last century, Alan Turing, a member of GCHQ’s predecessor organisation famed for its wartime work at Bletchley Park. The school was therefore equally delighted to have a member of the Turing family, Dr Nicola Turing present at the opening ceremony. Dr Turing said ‘The Turing Trust is delighted that the new Maths and Computer Science Block is being named in honour of Alan Turing. He has left a remarkable legacy that we are sure will continue to inspire generations of students to come. It is an honour to represent the Turing Trust here today to celebrate what is being achieved here in Cheltenham.
Gareth Burton, Bournside’s Headteacher said the school’s investment in a new maths centre was a superb addition to our current site. We are absolutely thrilled with the facility, designed to inspire our students in their learning of this key subject. The centre consists of 12 classrooms each themed around a different mathematical concept or mathematician. It will provide our students and teachers with a first-class environment to support their achievement.