Sports Hub Appeal
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have completed our Sports Hub Appeal. We cannot thank you enough for making all of these projects happen.
The gym has had a major upgrade. This appears to be paying dividends already, with boys’ and girls’ sports teams achieving great results.
Tennis and Netball Dome
Opened on 7 October, now in full use, we are delighted to have this all-weather facility which has proved to be useful for much more than just tennis and netball.
The final project from of the Sports Hub Appeal to be completed is the Cricket School. Weather permitting the building work will be finished by the end of January. It will have full-length run-ups for bowlers and the same, high quality playing surface as the net facilities at Lord’s.
We are delighted to have been given a fantastic opportunity to build a new art extension and create an exciting new teaching space to complement the facilities we already have in the Art school. The build is now complete and the official opening took place on Saturday 25 February 2017.
The new Art Studio has high ceilings with lots of light, it provides greater opportunities for pupils to work on large scale or collaborative projects. Similarly there is ample room for drawing classes around a still life set up or life model. Large glass doors open out on to a terrace in front of the studio which will create even more working space in the summer months. Cleverly incorporated into the design is a mezzanine floor which provides a more intimate space for individual and focused studies or group discussions and presentations.
As well as the obvious benefits that the new studio has in terms of open space and light, it will also enable us to maximize the more defined spaces of Briar Lee and develop more specialist working areas to benefit the pupils.
This ambitious project costing just under £435,000 has was funded by an ex-pupil of King's College.
King’s College Amphitheatre
Made possible by a generous donation from an OA. The stage is 5m in diameter and the seating can accommodate about 300 people. It has been built with low level lighting and ample power supply to support a range of uses, including drama and music. It is a wonderful addition to our performing arts provision, a useful outdoor classroom and also, a popular meeting space for pupils. The stone used for the amphitheatre construction is Cornish granite extracted from near Ruthern Bridge, on the west side of Bodmin Moor. This particular granite has a glint in sunlight due to the fused mica and feldspar content. The granite was cropped to give it a smooth finish, perfect for sitting on.The word amphitheatre comes from the ancient Greek: amphi meaning “on all sides” and theatron, meaning “place for viewing”. This unique project was designed by Rob Mitchell of Mitchell and Taylor Workshop Architects and built by George Brothers of Taunton.
The Philip Richards Building
Opened in May 2011 by historian and author Tom Holland. The project
was generously funded by Mr Philip Richards OA, Tuckwell 1977. The
complex not only provides the school with a new library but also IT
suites, a Business Education department and a new Careers Centre.
A major addition to our sports facilities
came into use at the beginning of January 2014. We now have five new
netball courts, six new tennis courts, and four new cricket nets on the
main site of the school campus, positioned on previously unused ground
behind the 1st XV rugby pitch. To make room for the new courts, the
rugby pitch has been moved 15 metres to the south, and the old cricket
nets have been repositioned and refurbished.
The Fives Court
Repainted in 2015, the plan is to look at the possibility of bringing it up to competition standard.
The word ‘Fives’ was first used to describe
English handball in the 17th Century. Some people say that the name
derives from the five fingers of the hand, others find it significant
that the scores were kept in tallies of five points and there’s an
unlikely theory that early Fives involved teams of five players. The
King’s Fives court was built in 1900.