UK’s biggest school build completes in the Midlands
PUBLISHED: 09:46 29 September 2020 | UPDATED: 09:46 29 September 2020
One of the most ambitious developments in independent education over recent decades is now complete
One of the most ambitious developments in independent education over recent decades is now complete. The final stages of ‘Project One Campus’, a multi-million pound investment by the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, was finished in time for the new school year.
The three-year project has brought together for the first time pupils in King’s High, Warwick Preparatory School, Warwick School and Warwick Junior School, with new facilities and a re-designed pedestrianised centre of the campus, benefiting the whole Foundation community.
The Foundation is unique in the Midlands, for offering co-education for pupils aged 3-7, and single-sex education from ages 7-18 on the same site, while combining shared social and co-curricular activities, in a move the Foundation describes as offering ‘the best of both worlds’.
• The major aspects of the development include a new home for King’s High, the largest investment in independent girls’ education nationally for decades
• A new shared Sixth Form Centre for Warwick School and King’s High, providing university-style facilities, including shared social spaces including a cafe, careers provision, and group and private study areas
• A new Music School for both Warwick Prep and King’s High, offering professional-level spaces for musicians aged from 3-18 years, with an auditorium which all pupils can enjoy
• New, improved play space for Warwick Prep
• Improved sports facilities for all, including a new 4G rugby AstroTurf
• A newly pedestrianised centre to the campus, with new green spaces and quads
• Improved routes for traffic around the perimeter of the site and increased parking
Throughout the past months, the schools have been busy, working alongside local charities, providing extra PPE equipment, and helping to support children of key workers.
Looking to the future, Richard Nicholson, Foundation Principal, says: ‘Our Foundation Schools have always aspired to offer the very best to our pupils and their families. This investment has not only improved the opportunities for our current pupils, but has created an unrivalled campus and environment which will sustain future generations. Outstanding teaching and learning with a rich and diverse programme outside the classroom, hallmarks of a Foundation education, is now further supported by the world-class facilities on our site. The opportunity this presents is truly unique: the best of both worlds’.