The King's School will move to a new £60-million campus on Alderley Road, Prestbury in the summer of 2020, providing state-of-the-art accommodation for all of our boys and girls aged 3 - 18. The construction is currently on schedule for completion by 25 May 2020.
The transformative development is the most ambitious in the King's School’s 517-year history and will deliver some of the finest day school facilities to be found anywhere in the UK. The impressive 80-acre rural site is between Macclesfield and Over Alderley and, from 2020, will mean that all of our 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 of our school, but in fantastic new accommodation. Importantly, we will not increase the size of our pupil roll, maintaining small class sizes so as to continue to deliver our 'small school feel'. Our intention is to deliver an outstanding educational establishment with facilities that match and enhance our already excellent academic, cultural and sporting reputation.”
State of the art Facilities
The new campus will provide a main academic building, which will be flooded with natural light, plus a separate Sports Centre and 80-acres of sporting and outdoor facilities.
The main academic building will provide purpose-designed facilities for Infants, Juniors, Seniors and Sixth Form students. The Infant & Junior Division will have its own entrance and reception, plus dedicated art, music, science and computing rooms as well as a main hall and library. To make the most of the rural setting, infant classrooms will benefit from outdoor 'classrooms' and learning areas for exploration.
For Seniors, teaching and learning areas will be organised into faculties, including Science with 15 state-of-the-art laboratories. The performing arts will benefit from a 200-seat recital hall, a similarly sized drama studio and a 950-seat main assembly hall. The art & design department comes with its own exhibition space alongside a central library and lecture theatre.
The School plans to keep the size of classes and year groups broadly in line with current numbers to retain our 'small school' feel and the outstanding relationships between staff and pupils.
The Sports Centre will provide a 1,000m² main sports hall together with a six-lane 25m swimming pool and Cheshire’s first dedicated indoor cricket facility. A dance/martial arts studio, fitness suite and a café are planned for the first floor.
Externally, there will be 8 senior rugby pitches, 4 cricket pitches, outdoor cricket nets, five junior football pitches, junior rugby pitches, two all-weather Astroturf hockey pitches, six tennis and netball courts, a 400-metre athletics track, and a dedicated rounders pitch.
Access & Transport
The new King’s campus is on Alderley Road, Prestbury, SK10 4SP. 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, plus there are plans to add two shuttle minibus links with Macclesfield (and Prestbury) train station. There is a designated coach parking area directly in front of the main building.
The new campus will have two entrances/exits from Alderley Road, which will be widened at these points to accommodate right-hand turning lanes for traffic coming on to the site. Dedicated ‘drop-off zones’ have been provided 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 Pick Everard are project architects. Works started in August 2018 and the new school will be delivered for the end of 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 35 organisations that already share our facilities.”
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.
6 January 2020