The King's School will move to its new £60-million campus on Alderley Road in the summer of 2020, providing state-of-the-art accommodation for all of our boys and girls aged 3 - 18.
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 will 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. From 2020, all pupils will be taught co-educationally on the new campus.
Headmaster Dr 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 with facilities that match and enhance our already outstanding academic, cultural and sporting reputation.”
State of the art Facilities
The new campus will provide a main academic building, plus a seperate Sports Centre and 80-acres of sporting and outdoor facilities. In the main academic building, there will be purpose-designed facilities for Infants, Juniors, Seniors and Sixth Form students. The Infant & Junior Division will have dedicated art, music, science 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 performance hall and two drama studios; plus a central library, a 950-seat grand hall and an art & design faculty with its own exhibition space.
Importantly, we will keep the size of classes and year groups the same as they are currently: we are keen to retain our 'small school' feel and our excellent relationships between staff and pupils.
The Sports Centre will provide a six-lane 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.
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Access & Transport
The new King’s campus is on Alderley Road, Prestbury, SK10 4RH. It is less than 4 miles to Alderley Edge, 1.3 miles to Prestbury village, 2.3 miles to Macclesfield train station, 6 miles to Wilmslow town centre and 8 miles to Congleton town centre.
King’s will maintain its existing network of coach routes to service the new campus. In addition, there are plans to add two shuttle minibus links with Macclesfield train station (and Prestbury train station) to ensure ease of access for pupils. There is a designated coach parking area on the new campus, directly in front of the main building.
The new campus will have two access roads from Alderley Road, which will be widened at these points to accommodate right-hand turning lanes for traffic coming on to the campus. There will be a number of ‘drop-off zones’ for parents wishing to set-down Junior and Senior pupils. The campus will have approx. 350 car parking spaces, which is an increase in our current provision (around 200 spaces).
Vinci Construction UK is the lead contractor and award-winning multi-disciplinary practice, Pick Everard are project architects.
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.
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At the heart of the community
Dr John Kennerley, Chair of Governors at King’s, said, “The new campus will not only deliver fantastic facilities 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.