The School has exciting plans to deliver a sustainable new school on land adjacent to our Derby Fields site on Alderley Road. The ‘2020 Vision’ will provide state-of-the-art accommodation that will meet the School’s educational needs well into the next century.
The project is based on a turnkey operation, with the school’s current sites being released for housing once the new school is ready. We are on target to deliver our ambitions plans ready for a start in the new school in September 2020.
SInce we slaunched our 2020 Vision back in 2012, we have already overcome the majority of hurdles and challenges facing us. Cheshire East Planning Authority approved the School’s applications in July 2016, permitting the redevelopment of our current sites at Fence Avenue and Westminster Road as well as the building of the new school.
The new campus will transform and centralise the School’s facilities, meeting modern educational requirements and providing school premises fit for the 21st century. Project architects are Pick Everard, who have previously worked with Leicester Grammar School to deliver a similar relocation project. In March 2017, following a significant donation from a former King's pupil, the School purchased the 50 acres of the land adjacent to Derby Fields. More recently, the School has purchased Fallibroome Farm and paddocks. This will allow us to create a new school campus of around 80 acres, which will be amongst the largest day school campuses in the country.
Headmaster Dr Simon Hyde says: “There is a strong educational case for co-locating all of our pupils, from Pre-School to the Sixth Form, on a new, single-site. We are extremely proud of our history and we do not wish to change either the ethos or the feel of our school, but the opportunity to redevelop our facilities is welcome. Our intention is to deliver an outstanding educational establishment, rivalling the best in Britain, with facilities that match and enhance our already outstanding academic, cultural and sporting reputation.”
The multi-million pound new school campus will incorporate a Sports Centre with a swimming pool, multiple rugby, cricket and Astroturf pitches, tennis and netball courts, as well as a drama and performance hall and purpose-built facilities for Infants, Juniors and Senior pupils. King’s will develop a full transport plan, with a network of buses linked with local transport hubs, for the site and its pupils.
The existing school sites at Fence Avenue and Westminster Road will be sold to fund the new school, alongside a long-term loan. Contracts have already been signed on one site, and remaining contracts are in a final form on two further sites. Design work on the new school is now at an advanced stage and we have been working with a contractor to achieve an affordable financial model. Whilst the new school is largely being financed by sales receipts, we are also hoping to raise funds through donations and we are keen to hear from former puils or other members of our community who would like to support our plans. Any size of donation would be warmly received.
Over its 500-year history, King’s has occupied a number of different sites in Macclesfield including the parish church, School Bank and King Edward Street. The School has operated on two sites since 1992 when it acquired and refurbished the former Macclesfield High School for Girls on Fence Avenue.
Further updates on progress will be available on this page as the School’s 2020 Vision nears its final stages.