A campaign to transform our schools
Warwick Independent Schools Foundation has invested almost £45 million in a building programme, known as Project One Campus, to create a single, outstanding campus for our family of schools. This includes:
- Relocating King’s High School from its Smith Street site to brand new, bespoke school buildings on Banbury Road.
- Constructing a new 3G artificial rugby pitch.
- Constructing new tennis and netball courts.
- Building a new, world-class music school with teaching and performance spaces.
- Creating brand new play spaces for children aged 3 - 11 at Warwick Prep School, plus a new nursery garden for our youngest pupils.
- Redesigning our perimeter and access roads and increasing available car parking spaces.
One Campus Plus is a campaign to raise an extra level of funds to go beyond the original brief and deliver additional items for our school and wider community, including:
- Building a new Foundation Sports Clubhouse to act as a focal point for sports across our schools.
- Constructing a third hockey AstroTurf pitch to deliver a increasingly popular programme of sports training.
- Enhancing the new Music School with world-class Steinway instruments.
- Upgrading the Prep School Play Space by installing a new surface, new play equipment and a dedicated quiet space.
The benefits of bringing the Foundation family of Schools together are extensive. They represent our commitment to enhancing the educational experience of all our pupils and generating positive outcomes for the wider Warwick community.
The new King’s High educational buildings provide a stunning new home for single-sex teaching and extensive extra-curricular collaboration. The new school will also include a dedicated Innovation Centre.
The building project includes:
A new Sixth Form Centre for King’s High and Warwick School, where teaching remains separate, but curriculum enrichment and social activities can be shared.
A purpose-built, high-tech Music School for King’s High and Warwick Preparatory Schools, including practice rooms and performance spaces. Improvements to the Bridge Sports Centre, grass pitches and nearby landscaping. 3G pitch and netball / tennis courts.
A new, purpose-built play space for the Prep School.
Increased parking facilities and enhanced traffic management.
Progress so far
THE NEED TO RAISE £4 MILLION
Now that the £41.25 million building programme is underway, it is clear that we have an opportunity to create a truly exceptional campus for our pupils and the wider Warwick community; a campus that not only provides a new home for King’s High, but also has the capacity to deliver an extra level of benefits. An additional £4 million is needed to fully maximise the potential of the new site and ensure that all the new buildings, walkways and green spaces are finished to our highest aspirations.
As a Foundation, we also recognise our responsibility to ensure that the King’s High that was, is very much a part of the fabric and feeling of the new building’s classrooms, cloisters and courtyards. In making the transition, as part of One Campus Plus we plan to reflect the School’s unique heritage by:
Creating a new version of the King’s High story, similar to the one currently on display in the Octagon building and prominently featured in one of the new School’s social spaces.
Commissioning an appropriate artistic tribute that recognises the important place of Landor House in the School’s history.
Transforming the iconic Blue Door into a sympathetic design feature within the new site.
Consideration is also to be given to commissioning a special memorial to the Foundation’s historic connection to the town centre location, next to the Eastgate. The longstanding links which the Foundation has could be reflected in a permanent feature on the redeveloped site, providing a lasting reminder of all our Schools' historic place in the town.
The legacy we have been given is one of welcoming and embracing opportunity, which has often triggered major development of our facilities or resources. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of benefactors and friends, past and present. The impact of their philanthropy is constantly reflected in the quality of education on offer and the appetite for learning it nurtures.
As we prepare to launch the One Campus Plus campaign, we invite you to be part of our next generation of givers and help us to ensure that the Project we have begun, is guaranteed to be the very best it can be.