The 2020 Vision for King’s was launched in 2012 and involves the relocation of the school onto a single new site on the outskirts of Macclesfield.
Cheshire East Council’s Local Plan presented a once in a generation opportunity for the school to realise its single-site strategy by developing its current sites for housing, enabling the new school to be built. In 2015, an option agreement was signed to acquire 50 acres of land adjacent to the Derby Playing Fields. Full planning permission was granted for the school site in July 2016 and outline consent was obtained for housing at Fence Avenue and along Westminster Road.
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. As an educational charity, the school has been at the heart of Macclesfield and the wider Cheshire community for more than 500 years and the proceeds from the land sales will be invested directly back into the school, allowing us to continue that tradition with even greater ambition.
Headmaster and Former Pupil 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 don’t wish to change either the ethos or the feel of our school, but the opportunity to redevelop our facilities is welcome. 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 an outstanding educational establishment, rivalling the best in Britain, with facilities that match and enhance our already outstanding academic, cultural and sporting reputation.”
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, state-of-the-art educational facility that will 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 creative and performing arts
- International standard sports facilities to build upon King’s 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 chance to enhance further 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
Dr Hyde adds: “Already, our community contribution is impressive through the extensive links with local organisations using our facilities. The new school will open up even greater possibilities for the town and help us make our significant contribution to the educational, cultural, social and sporting diversity of the area.”
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 (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.
For the latest update, please see: Future Plans
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