Today it has been announced that Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School, Wotton-under-Edge, is included in the first phase of 50 schools to benefit from the Government’s transformative ten-year rebuilding programme.

 

Since the Prime Minister announced the programme in June last year, the school has been working closely with the Department for Education to determine the continued suitability of the original buildings (from the mid-1960s) in a modern teaching environment. We have also assessed the projected life of some of the remaining existing accommodation.

 

The school welcomes the substantial additional investment the rebuild programme will bring to provide a modern, greener environment in which staff and students can work and learn. The project is at an early phase but it is initially envisaged that there will be a rebuild of the original 1960s part of the school.

 

On hearing the announcement, Tim Rand, Headteacher, said, “This investment in our school is much welcomed and will support the school’s aim of providing a modern state of the art learning environment for our students. It will deliver a level of investment and change that could never have been realised through our normal funding streams, and will deliver accommodation appropriate for the next 50 years and beyond. We look forward to working with everyone involved, not only to ensure the facilities meet the needs of students and staff but also that any work is sympathetic to the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside in which we are located.”

 

Indications are that building work will begin in the summer of 2022 subject to planning and consents. The focus now will be on capturing the input of staff, students, parents and the community to ensure that the school values and needs are considered from the outset in the architectural design work of the new buildings.

 

Background
Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School has a long history as the oldest state secondary school in the country, having been founded in 1384 when Katharine Lady Berkeley set up a school in Wotton-under-Edge, with one master and two students. Since then, the school has come a long way and is now a highly successful 11-18 mixed comprehensive school of over 1500 students.

 

Located just outside Wotton-under-Edge at the bottom of the Cotswold escarpment, the school sits in a beautiful green and spacious countryside setting.

 

Employing over 200 staff and accommodating over 1500 students, the school supports some 48 local primary schools in ensure the local provision of secondary education.

 

For more information please contact KLB School by emailing info@klbschool.org.uk

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