Providing a modern state of the art learning environment for our students
As previously reported, in early 2021 KLB was selected by the Department for Education (DfE) as one of the initial 100 nationwide schools requiring replacement of buildings nearing the end of their life.
The parts of the school to be replaced include:
• Kingswood (languages department)
• Drama Hall, Stage area and Drama classroom behind
• Learning support
• Staff room area
These buildings were part of the original school on our current site built in the mid-1960s.
The replacement of these buildings will provide an opportunity for the school to further enhance the facilities for our pupils which the school is excited about. The Drama Hall replacement for example will enable tiered seating to be provided and increase the overall floor space which will provide a more comfortable, flexible facility and improved experience for both our students and parents.
Extensive consideration has been given to the location of any new facilities and in particular to the phasing of the works to avoid / minimise any impact on our delivery of the curriculum and support to students as well as to the local community. A number of options have been considered and we have now decided on final design and are working closely with Kier Construction and their team to deliver this project. In outline this is in the drawing below.
Details of the final design can be downloaded via the following link:
In addition, below is a link to a virtual tour of the new part of the school which brings all the information to life:
Throughout all the design work we have been keen to have a focus on providing the best environment possible for the education of our pupils. Be assured we will be retaining our open campus style that is enjoyed by our students and will provide a large central quad with additional seating and canopies for use by all. These are in addition to the wider benefits of the modern teaching facilities that will be provided.
At this stage of the programme, Kier are keen to gather initial views prior to progressing to the formal planning stage and would welcome your feedback on the proposal. The link below takes you to a short survey and it would help enormously if you could complete this so that we can consider any initial views.
Please ensure that any feedback is provided by 5pm on Friday 10th December 2021.
In addition to the online information provided via the links above, we are also holding a Public Information Event at the school on Wednesday 8th December (subject to any COVID restrictions in place at the time). The event will take place between 3pm and 7pm in our Drama Hall and there should be parking available in our reception carpark. Further information on this event can be found below: