We have enjoyed an extraordinarily successful decade of development at King's College, with the completion of new boarding houses, the construction of a world-class hockey facility and the Philip Richards Building, providing a new library, IT suite, Careers Department and Business Education Faculty. The new tennis and netball courts place girls’ sport at the heart of the school and our amphitheatre, opened in 2014, has provided an additional venue for music, drama, lessons and meetings. The Art Department has just taken the keys for a wonderful new studio which is already a much admired building, kindly funded by Garth Pedler OA.
We have completed a refurbishment of our boarding houses and Bishop Fox House has a new, very modern Common Room. There is no doubt that our pupils enjoy one of the smartest and best-equipped educational environments in the country. All this has been done through prudent management and investment, and the generous support of members of the King’s family.
In recent times it has become apparent to us, as to many other independent schools, that in order to sustain momentum, to continue to provide facilities of the highest standards and to increase our ability to offer bursarial assistance we need funds over and above those generated through fee income alone. There is a need to encourage and nurture a habit of involvement and support amongst the King’s Community of parents, OAs, staff and friends, which has the long-term needs of the School and its pupils at its heart. Exam results are strong and we have enjoyed national and local success in many, many fields. I want to keep that momentum going, to continue to think ahead and to make sure we remain one of the very best schools in the country.
Our current project is a three phase Sports Hub. Phase one is a state-of-the-art cricket school, providing three indoor nets. As well as being a world-class addition to our cricketing provision it will, alongside our existing sports hall, be used for a number of other indoor activities. Phase two is to cover one of the new tennis and netball courts, providing an extremely useful all-weather heated facility for both games. We are delighted to announce that both of these phases are now fully funded and will be completed during this academic year. We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and continued support in making these projects possible.
The third phase will be a major refurbishment of our sports hall. This work, along with the building of the new cricket school, will mean that more sports can be played for longer in the existing sports hall, opening up much-needed access to this key facility. We will remodel the entrance, install a new floor and heating and build an indoor climbing wall.
The whole Sports Hub development will cost up to £900,000. King’s College itself has already committed £500,000 to the campaign, and the rest is to come out of donations. Thank you to OAs, Parents and Friends of King’s for the kind support received to date. The he first two phases are now fully funded.
Please do look at our Sports Hub Appeal Newsletter and contact Leisa Lavender, our Development Director, who will be happy to discuss with you how you might support school projects and to offer more information about our plans.