A star Spanish student declared his school’s £9million language centre “magnifico” in any language as it was opened by a royal visitor.
Rufus Jordana watched the Duke of Gloucester admire the language and resource centre at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham and said: “As a linguist, I was excited at the prospect of studying in the centre. I am so glad that the building was completed during my time at Christ’s Hospital as this has enabled me to benefit from these new facilities during my final year.
“What instantly hit me was the size and space. There is a great feeling of openness within the building.”
Rufus won the top prize for Spanish this year competing against other schools in the annual languages competition hosted by Horsham District Twinning Association. He also studies Latin and is learning French.
The Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, also attended the ceremony.
Housing the school’s ancient and modern language departments, information technology suites and library, the building was completed for the start of term last month.
The project was funded by Christ’s Hospital through a campaign that began in 2013. Through the support of a young Old Blue, former pupil Jamie Arnell, whose major gift was a key factor in moving this project forward, it was completed on time and on budget. The building has been sympathetically designed to fit in amongst the School’s existing architecture which was designed at the end of the 19th century by Aston Webb and Ingress Bell. Christ’s Hospital moved from its original site in City of London to its purpose-built campus in Horsham in 1902.
The Duke unveiled an inscribed foundation stone outside the building and the school’s band performed a march past.