Old Gadshillian Penelope Rahming, nee Bow, opened a reading and research centre at Gad’s today – nearly seventy years since she was a student there.

Mrs Rahming, who has appeared on stage with Derek Jacobi, and now lives in Virginia, America, attended the school between 1947 and 1960 and was Head Girl for three consecutive years.

A keen reader from a young age, she has been impressed with the improvements made to the school’s library over the years and donated funds to provide a dedicated area for students’ quiet study away from the classroom.

Mrs Rahming is a key member of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, which is home to the world’s largest collection of the author’s works, and today announced she would be making another kind contribution to further expand facilities at Gad’s.

New Head of Senior School Paul Savage said: “Our Heads of schools were proud to show Penelope the new and improved library, which we have named in her honour.

“She was thrilled to see our children, and their parents, enjoying the refurbishment, which was a student-led project supporting the school’s focus on literacy. They told her how they are looking forward to using it for independent research as well as reading for pleasure in between lessons.”

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