Case for Support
King's College owes its existence to the generosity of past and present Old Aluredians, parents and other supporters going back to 1880 when Canon Nathaniel Woodard bought the school and contents for £8,000 and started with 9 boys. We have a rich tradition of giving, well exemplified by wonderful school grounds and buildings, due principally to the benevolence of well-wishers and good school management.
In recent years however, it has become obvious that fee income cannot wholly support further developments to the fabric of the school and that other sustainable income streams have to be generated to ensure that King's progresses in the years ahead. We cannot stand still and live off our reputation; competition is at an historic high and the economic situation at a historic low.
We have identified three major projects which will need support. Firstly, a new three phase Sports Hub. Phase one will be a state-of-the-art cricket school, providing three indoor nets. Phase two will be to cover one of the new tennis and netball courts, and our third phase will be the major improvement of the current sports hall.
Secondly, we want to build a new girls’ boarding house to replace the existing Taylor House accommodation. We would then have three equally sized girls’ houses. This would reflect our growing popularity as a destination for girl boarders and the space freed up would be put to good use as well.
Thirdly, we wish to extend our existing theatre and music school facilities to provide a state-of-the-art performing arts centre. The three projects each have their own focus and reflect areas of real strength at King’s: sport, boarding and performing arts.
They will have a transformative effect on the school and its pupils and they follow on naturally from the phenomenally successful new Philip Richards Building, which has made such a positive difference to the academic life of the school.