The King’s School has a long and proud association with Macclesfield and has occupied a number of different sites in the town since its foundation in 1502. In 2012, the Governors agreed to pursue options that will, at some point in the future, allow King’s to operate from a single site.
Cheshire East Council’s development of a Local Plan presents a once in a generation opportunity for King’s to realise its single-site strategy.
The King’s School is an educational charity that has been at the heart of Macclesfield and the wider Cheshire community for more than 500 years and the proceeds from any land sales will be invested directly back into the school, allowing us to continue that tradition with even greater ambition.
Headmaster Dr Simon Hyde says: “There is a strong educational case for co-locating all of our divisions, from Pre-School to the Sixth Form, on a new, single-site. We are extremely proud of our history and we don’t have any plans to change the ethos or the structure of the school. It is a privilege to be part of the team able to press ahead with these visionary plans for one of the town’s oldest institutions. Our intention is to deliver for the local community an outstanding educational establishment, rivalling Britain’s leading schools, with facilities that match and enhance our already outstanding academic, cultural and sporting attainment.”
The Governors at King’s School believe that a single-site school will deliver benefits for pupils, parents and the wider community, including:
- A purpose built and designed state-of-the-art educational facility that would be a flagship for education nationwide
- The very latest facilities for art, drama and music to allow young people to develop their passion for the performing arts
- International standard sports facilities to build upon King’s national reputation across a range of team and individual sports
- Facilities available to the general public, including theatres, halls, indoor and outdoor sporting facilities and exhibition spaces
- An opportunity to implement the latest educational methodologies across all academic areas
- The very latest ICT facilities, networked throughout all buildings
- The ability to maximise the benefits of all facilities for both boys and girls, and equally for pupils of all ages from 3 – 18
- The ability to further enhance our stunning range of extracurricular activities, clubs, sports and societies, building on the 100 activities already available
- An opportunity for Macclesfield to redevelop our existing sites in sustainable and prime town-centre locations to create facilities for a number of potential uses
- An opportunity to plan and design appropriate transport, access and parking for what is one of the largest independent schools in the region
Simon adds: “Already, our community contribution is impressive through our extensive links with local organisations that access and use our existing facilities. Any new development would open up new possibilities for the town and help us make an even greater contribution to the educational, cultural, social and sporting diversity of the area.”
“Excellent progress has been made over the last three years. Early in 2015 we announced the location of the proposed new school. In September 2015, we submitted planning applications to Cheshire East for all three sites: Fence Avenue, Westminster Road and Derby Fields. These were approved in July 2016, which is an important step in our long journey, but there is obviously still much to do before we can realise our final ambitions. We are currently working on the funding requirements to enable us to deliver the project. We are also working with the Council and developers to ensure that our legacy in any buildings or land that we vacate is appropriate to the school’s history and beneficial for Macclesfield.”
“Inevitably, plans that increase development in the town will not be met with universal approval, but we are determined that our legacy at our current sites will be a positive and attractive one. At Fence Avenue, we believe that an appropriate development which delivers low density and high quality housing and contains green areas for recreation and wildlife will enhance rather than detract from the area. Proximity to the centre of town, its amenities and transport links are important elements of creating a sustainable town.”
Over its 512 year history, King’s has occupied a number of different sites in Macclesfield including the parish church, School Bank and King Edward Street (pictured left). King’s has operated as a two-site school since 1992 when it acquired and refurbished the former Macclesfield High School for Girls on Fence Avenue.
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