October 24th, 2016

King’s High School move plans announced

KING’S High School is set to move home after 135 years.

The Warwick Independent Schools Foundation has drawn up plans to move from Smith Street in the town centre to the campus on Myton Road where Warwick School and Warwick Preparatory School are already based.

The move, which will take three years to complete, will see a new main school building, shared music building and Sixth Form Centre built as well as improvements and extension to the Bridge Sports Centre.

King’s High has been at its current site since 1879 but the foundation have been looking at ways of developing the school away from the town centre for several years.

If the plans are approved, the current King’s High School site would be developed by the foundation at the end of the project.

King’s High headmaster Richard Nicholson said: “The school’s facilities are first class, but there are limitations to future development purely because of the nature of the site.

“We are constantly looking at ways of improving our offer to pupils in all areas, and a major part of that has been how we develop King’s High School for the next generation.

“We have explored several options but believe creating a new school on our Myton Road campus would bring considerable benefits.

“The project gives us the opportunity to offer one-stop educational facilities for our pupils from 3-18, and will continue to honour our determination to provide state-of-the-art, efficient buildings which are fit for now and for the future.

“It also allows us to improve the quality of the campus for all our students and our staff. Cars will be taken from the centre of the school to new parking on the perimeter of the site which will allow us to create a series of linked green spaces and courtyards, and radically improve the school environment.”

The first phase of the project would see the creation of the new King’s High School building with school hall and dining room as well as the new shared sixth form centre with Warwick School. This is hoped to be finished for September 2019.

Work would then start on the improvements and extension to the sport centre and music centre which would be used by King’s High and Warwick Preparatory.