Building Projects

We have an exciting programme of building projects planned over the next decade

Introduction

The School’s facilities and estate have continually evolved to meet our changing needs. For the next 10 year period we will continue our programme of improving buildings and facilities to meet our modern academic requirements.

The improvement programme since 2003 has involved the new Junior School, the new Charter Building, the new Pre-Prep Dining Hall (currently underway), and the restoration and conversion of the Chapel, Big School, Central Hall, the Pre-Prep, the Mills Centre, Field House and, very recently, the School’s swimming pool.

The “2020 and beyond” building programme is rooted in our educational requirements which include:

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The Creation of a Sixth Form Campus – There is a need to enhance our Sixth Form facilities to provide a communal area tailored to our eldest pupils’ needs, as an appropriate stepping stone to university as opposed to being a two-year extension of school life.

Senior School Drama Provision – Drama has only quite recently been introduced as a fully-fledged curriculum subject from Year 7 to Year 13, at GCSE and at A-Level. We need dedicated, flexible, purpose-built facilities to meet the School’s ambitions both for drama teaching and for productions.

Senior School Music Provision – The number of pupils who either wish to study academic music and/or learn to play instruments and collaborate as part of ensembles or orchestras has increased by circa 33% over the last seven years. This means that more practice rooms and a larger performance space are required.

Internal and External Sports Facilities – The Sports Centre requires significant maintenance in terms of both upkeep and investment to modernise and substantially improve the offering and quality of space provided. The outdoor facilities also require improvements to optimise their use in term time.

Future Projects

Finances

Our improvement programme is forecast to require investment in the region of £145M over the next 15 years or so. As with previous capital investment, the intention is to fund this from a mix of income sources: with the pupil numbers now at a steady state (c.1,900), we forecast an investment surplus over this period of c.£90M, balance of long-term borrowing (in the region of 30 years) secured last year as a Private Placement (which will provide £40M), and additional funds raised from alternative sources (c.£15M). It is not anticipated that pupil numbers will increase significantly in the coming years. Nor are fee increases anticipated beyond the level of those seen in recent years (subject of course to any unforeseen increases to our cost base that are beyond the School’s control).

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