ANNOUNCEMENT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What is Happening?
We are about to embark on a significant project to move King’s High School to the Myton Road site and at the same time enhance the site in order to provide the best all-round educational experience for boys and girls between the ages of three and eighteen.
What will change and what will stay the same?
Parents have consistently indicated that they prefer single sex teaching but would like to see greater social interaction between boys and girls. Governors remain fully committed to single sex teaching for the 7-18 age ranges. The project creates a “best of both worlds” environment with single sex teaching aligned to enhanced social and extra-curricular collaboration between King’s High and Warwick School. This collaboration also extends more broadly to shared best practice in all areas of what we do. The proximity of the sites will facilitate this.
New facilities are being developed to comfortably accommodate pupil numbers at current levels, although naturally there will be fluctuations year on year. The aim is to create a Foundation community that supports each school family to provide the best all round educational experience for our pupils.
What are the benefits?
- A purpose-built school for King’s High close to Warwick School and Warwick Prep as well as near to the King’s High sports facilities. It will bring unique additional facilities to the Myton Road campus whilst allowing King’s High to benefit from being nearer the outstanding spaces we already have. The schools will be better able to share excellence and best practice.
- New and improved sports facilities will include improvements to the Bridge Sports Centre, an additional AstroTurf pitch and a 4G sports pitch. Some rearrangement of the current space will ensure it is used as effectively as possible to provide for the wide range of sporting activities we offer across the schools.
- A new shared Sixth Form Centre will provide collaborative social, careers and some study facilities, whilst teaching will continue to be provided within the individual schools.
- A pedestrian friendly campus with green spaces interlinking the school buildings will create a positive physical environment to provide for the happiness and wellbeing of all our pupils.
- Traffic flow and parking will be relocated and extended in order to provide around 500 spaces as well as appropriate pick up and drop off areas for parents and buses. Access will continue to be from Myton Road and Banbury Road, although it may be slightly adjusted, and all traffic flow will be directed around the edges of the site, keeping the centre pedestrianised.
- Benefits for the local community will include reducing town centre traffic at peak times. The schools will also have improved buildings to extend the use of facilities to users in and around the district.
How will the project be funded?
WISF has a proud record of maintaining fee levels below the averages seen by the sector over the last two decades. The Governors have established a firm pricing strategy and capital funding plan for the duration of the project and beyond, to ensure the continuing financial robustness of the Foundation. We will reach out to ask for support from parents, friends and alumni in the coming years. The project will require some medium term structural debt as well as drawing on financial reserves.
How will the project be rolled out?
- Consultation – Over the next few weeks, we will be carrying out a consultation exercise to key groups of people affected by our plans.
- Timings – Subject to planning permission, the project starts in July 2017 and ends in August 2020 ready for the start of the 2020/21 academic year.
- Phasing – More details about the phasing will follow, but there will be a logical progression that isolates each building site within a secure boundary and ensures minimal disruption to normal school life, including discreet site access from the Banbury Road. Wherever possible, major works will take place outside of school hours with some items being constructed off-site. We are in talks with the Highways Authority to ensure traffic flow around the campus is well managed throughout.
What will happen to the current King's High Site?
We are currently preparing a Development Brief for the town centre site, which considers a range of potential future land uses and aims to ensure the site is developed appropriately and the integrity of Landor House is retained. WISF are keen to leave a legacy in the form of a sensitive, understated development which preserves the historic richness of the town centre space we currently occupy.
Who are our key project partners?
The project will be managed by Ove Arup & Partners, who have been working with us over the last two years as Governors have developed their strategy. The lead designers are award-winning London based architects Nicholas Hare. We have not yet tendered the project to contractors but this should take place in the spring of 2017.
Where can I find out more?
We are holding public drop in events on 11th and 13th October at the Bridge Sports Centre, to which all are welcome. Once our Planning Application has been submitted, details will be available along with our Transport Statement and Travel Plan on Warwick District Council’s planning application webpage http://planningdocuments.warwickdc.gov.uk/online-applications/