WORK is about to start on the new King’s High School in Warwick.
The Warwick Independent Schools Foundation announced plans last year to move King’s High School for Girls from its current town centre site 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 the creation of a new main school building, a new shared music building, a new sixth form centre and improvements and extension to the Bridge Sports Centre, which will also incorporate new art and design technology facilities.
New sports pitches – including 3G and all-weather surfaces – will also be built at the site which will allow all 2,350 pupils to use the facilities.
The foundation has spent several years investigating ways of developing King’s High School away from the cramped town centre site it has occupied since opening in 1879.
Now work is set to start with Worcestershire-based developer Speller Metcalfe undertaking the £18.2m contract to build the first phase of the new campus, which will incorporate the construction of the King’s High School main building and sixth form centre, demolition work of the current student support centre and external works. The phase is set to be completed in September 2019.
Simon Jones, the foundation secretary, said: “Through Project One Campus, the foundation schools will be future proofed for decades to come, providing first class facilities to continue the delivery of outstanding single sex education, whilst offering collaborative opportunities to ensure a truly ‘best of both worlds’ experience for all pupils within the schools.