Development of King’s Sixth Form Centre – 2021

We are delighted to share plans for our new, purpose-built Sixth Form Centre, due for completion in Michaelmas Term 2021, subject to planning permission.

The new centre will involve a significant extension to the the current Sixth Form facilities, all of which will undergo a comprehensive scheme of renovation to match the new state-of-the-art building.

The project, due to commence in the Summer Term, will result in an increase of approximately 440 square metres and the creation of a second-storey with five seminar-style classrooms in addition to a variety of study areas to suit different learning styles and attractive and bespoke social areas.

The development will include:

  • Conversion to two-storey building
  • Five seminar-style classrooms
  • Extended and improved ‘common room’ social areas
  • Sixth Form café and seating area
  • Separate study areas for silent, individual study
  • Study pods for group learning
  • Areas for informal, collaborative work  
  • Wholescale renovation of existing facilities
  • Contemporary design throughout

The development represents a change from the latest proposal contained in our 10-year Masterplan, which would have seen a new centre completed in 2023/24.

Headmaster George Hartley said: “We are committed to honouring the pledge in our strategy for 2018-2025 to develop the school site on behalf of our pupils, parents and staff.

“This revised plan for a new Sixth Form Centre achieves everything we wanted in terms of vastly improved facilities and will provide an outstanding learning environment for generations of pupils, whilst representing a significant cost saving in comparison to other proposals and minimal disruption.

“Most importantly, the relatively short construction period will mean that pupils returning to school following the summer break will be set to benefit that term from all the fantastic opportunities afforded to them through this very exciting project.”

The Head of School team and other representatives from the student body will be contributing to the design process over the coming months.

Hayley Jordan, Bursar, added: “I think this represents a great step forward for King’s and I am particularly pleased that the proposed turn-around of the project will see so many more of our current students enjoying the new facilities.

“The centre will be an incredible addition to our current site, and will set the standard for future developments, whilst representing a prudent and appropriate investment in the current climate.

“We are engaging with architects and developers who are highly experienced in working within the context of educational environments and I am confident that any disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum.

“I would like to thank our Governing Body for its support in making these new plans a reality and I look forward to updating parents and pupils over the course of the next few months.”