The King's School has exciting plans to move to a new £60-million campus on land adjacent to our Derby Fields site on Alderley Road. The ‘2020 Vision’ will provide state-of-the-art accommodation for all of our boys and girls aged 3 - 18.
We will move to our new 80-acre site over the summer of 2020, releasing the school’s current sites for housing.
The transformative £60m development is the most ambitious in the School’s 516-year history and will number amongst the largest educational projects in the country. It is designed to deliver some of the finest day school facilities to be found anywhere in the UK on an 80-acre site on the fringes of Macclesfield and Prestbury.
King’s will develop a full transport plan for the campus, with a network of buses linked with local train stations to ensure ease of access for pupils and parents.
Headmaster Dr Simon Hyde says: “We are extremely proud of our history and want to maintain the ethos and the feel of our school, but in fantastic new accomodation. 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 £60-million pound new school campus will incorporate a Sports Centre containing a 25m swimming pool, indoor courts, indoor cricket facilities, a dance/martial arts studio, a fitness suite and a café. Externally, there will be multiple rugby, cricket and junior football pitches, two Astroturf hockey pitches, tennis and netball courts.
In the main academic building, there will be purpose-designed facilities for Infants, Juniors and Senior pupils. The Infant & Junior Division will have dedicated art, music and computing rooms as well as a main hall and a library. For Seniors, teaching and learning areas will be organised into faculty areas, including a large Science faculty with 15 state-of-the-art laboratories. There will also be a performing arts faculty with a dedicated drama and performance hall, a main central library, a 950-seat grand hall and an art exhibition space.
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Vinci Construction UK has been appointed as lead contractor and has previously delivered landmark buildings, such as the Waters HQ in Wilmslow. Award-winning multi-disciplinary practice, Pick Everard are project architects.
In March 2017, following a significant donation from a former King's pupil, the School purchased the 50 acres of the land adjacent to our Derby Fields. More recently, the School has purchased Fallibroome Farm and paddocks. This will allow us to create a campus of around 80 acres, bordered by woodland and rural areas, on Alderley Road (just a couple of miles from Alderley Edge, Prestbury and the centre of Macclesfield).
Preliminary works started in August 2018 and the new school will be delivered for May 2020, well in time for the start of the 2020/21 academic year. Final lessons will take place at our Cumberland Street and Fence Avenue sites in July 2020. From 2020, all pupils will be taught co-educationally on the new campus.
Latest aerial imagery of new campus
Kings School Vinci Sept 2018 from The King's School on Vimeo.
At the heart of the community
Dr John Kennerley, Chair of Governors at King’s, said, “We are delighted to be able to launch our 2020 Vision for King’s. It will deliver not just a fantastic new campus for our pupils, but enable us to develop further community use of the school beyond the 27 organisations that already share our facilities.”
The cost of the new school will largely be met from the sale of the school’s current sites, which will be developed for housing.
King’s Headmaster, Dr Simon Hyde, commented, “We are keen to ensure that our legacy is a positive one both for the school and Macclesfield in general. The development of a mix of sustainable housing close to the town centre will hopefully continue both to bolster the attractiveness of Macclesfield as a place to live and to support the many excellent new shops and businesses currently taking root.”
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.