King’s High girls have been exploring their new King’s High school. As the stunning new building nears completion, pupils have undertaken site visits with the building team, Speller Metcalfe.
5th April 2019 — The girls greatly enjoy watching their new school take shape – from the shared Sixth Form Centre with Warwick School, and spacious, cathedral-like Hall, to the double-height Drama studios in the King's High main school building. Following a recent trip, Olivia in Year 11 commented: ‘The building is very light and airy, and has a really good feel. Everyone thinks it’s so cool!’
Pupils have been involved with every stage of Project One Campus, which brings the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation family of King’s High with Warwick Prep, and Warwick School, together on the Myton Road campus this September, when King’s High moves to the new school.
King’s High is preparing for its first Festival of Wellbeing. The week-long programme of events includes talks from mental health experts, workshops, music, dance, Laughter Yoga, and more.
5th March 2019 — Natasha Devon MBE, the writer and mental health campaigner, will talk on ‘Social ideals, identity and mental health,’ ‘How to deal with anxiety and stress’, and self-esteem. Leading choir, Ex Cathedra are holding ‘Wellbeing through music’ sessions, and there will be pop-up lunchtime clubs for mindful colouring, journaling, and art for wellbeing.
Pupils take a lead on wellbeing at King’s. They set up their own teams of Wellbeing Ambassadors, and Cyber Mentors, who raise awareness and give talks to fellow pupils and parents. The Ambassador teams train with the Diana Award, the late Princess Diana’s charity, and fourteen-year-old pupil, Gigi has been appointed to the Diana Award National Youth Board. Gigi and her fellow pupils were invited by local radio to share online safety advice on Safer Internet Day.
Within school, the girls promote wellbeing through a well-orchestrated campaign of posters and digital messages, which they create, design, and photograph themselves, and distribute around school. They lead assemblies and support national initiatives, such as National Anti-Bullying Week. King’s has a Wellbeing Mentor, an experienced counsellor, whose door is always open, and there is a popular series of wellbeing clubs, where girls meet to do origami, knit, and just enjoy the simple pleasures of making something.
The Warwick Independent Schools Foundation is heralding a new era for the future of the schools, and, in particular, King’s High School, by relocating from the central Warwick location it has had since 1879.
5th December 2018 — The Warwick Independent Schools Foundation comprises two schools: King’s High with Warwick Preparatory School, and Warwick School. The Foundation is heralding a new era for the future of the schools, and, in particular, King’s High School, by relocating from the central Warwick location it has had since 1879.
In Autumn 2016, the Foundation announced the vision for Project One Campus and embarked on a £41 million building project, the single largest capital investment that it has ever made in new facilities with the ultimate aim of creating one outstanding campus for its schools. At a time when the sector is under pressure by central government policy, thriving schools must continue to invest sensibly to remain competitive. This major investment will not only strengthen the schools individually but provide a wealth of benefits to its pupils of all ages.
King’s High’s move to the Myton Road campus is somewhat an inevitable one, albeit 140 years in the making! Its current town centre location in Warwick, was once the site of the other two schools in the Foundation’s long history. The process began in 1879 when Warwick School relocated to the open fields site south of the River Avon where it now resides alongside Warwick Junior School. Warwick Preparatory School later made the same transition in 1971 and from September 2019, King’s High will be the final piece in completing the jigsaw.
Whilst the facilities at King’s High’s current location are first class, there are limitations to future development purely because of the nature of the site. The new buildings on the Myton Road campus will provide a stunning new home for the girls housing large communal areas, specialist classrooms, pastoral bases and administration functions. As well as the main school building, the new school will also include a Sports, Art and Technology ‘wrap-around’ built onto the existing Bridge Sports Centre. The girls will also benefit from a new purpose-built high-tech shared Music School which will include a range of practice rooms, performance spaces and a music technology suite, shared with the youngest pupils in the Foundation, Warwick Prep.
The project also includes the provision of a shared Sixth Form Centre for King’s High and Warwick School. The building of the Centre has recently been completed but final fit-out will not be until next summer in line with the girls’ move down to the campus. The Centre’s light and airy design has been developed to accommodate over 400 pupils and will better prepare them for life beyond school. There will be space for quiet study, group work, social interaction and careers advice for both boys and girls in a truly shared facility. The commitment remains in delivering single sex education in the classroom where girls and boys will be able to develop and enjoy a broad range of opportunities without constraint from gender stereotypes, alongside the social benefits of a co-education environment.
Play and sport are a critical part of the learning process, vital to each and every pupil’s educational experience. The Myton Road campus already boasts a wide range of sports facilities designed to enrich pupils’ lives and through Project One Campus, these will be further enhanced by a suite of new netball and tennis courts for King’s High and a 3G rugby pitch for Warwick School. With summer and winter weather becoming even more unpredictable, the new 3G pitch will offer a state-of-the-art, year round surface reducing wear and tear on grass pitches irrespective of meteorological extremes. There will be a new play space for Warwick Prep, which will provide a safe and stimulating place for a child’s imagination to flourish. The final elements of the project will include landscaping across the campus, increased parking facilities and enhanced traffic management to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.
The benefits of bringing both the schools together are extensive. Project One Campus represents the commitment to enhancing the educational experience of all of the Foundation’s pupils and generating positive outcomes for the wider Warwick community. However, it will be more than simply the provision of new buildings, grounds and sports facilities. The project will enable the schools to work together more effectively for the sake of the pupils, the advantages of single sex teaching will be preserved but the opportunities for co-curricular collaboration will be extensive. The resulting model will truly provide pupils with ‘the best of both worlds’. The educational benefits are immediate but the long term financial benefits have also been considered. With record numbers sitting the entrance exams and the cost savings of all schools located on one site, the investment should see full recovery before long.
Following the announcement in Autumn 2016, and a year of planning and contract negotiations, a ground-breaking ceremony took place on 10 July 2017. Pupils from each of the schools broke the ground, ably assisted by The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire and Foundation Governor, Tim Cox. It would be unusual of a project of this size to run smoothly without any bumps in the road, and Project One Campus is no different. There was much excitement in Autumn 2017 when during the initial building works, the remains of a previously unknown Roman building was discovered. Wall foundations for a large aisled structure the size of a medieval church were uncovered by Warwickshire County Council’s team of archaeologists, who were invited on site as soon as the initial discovery was made.
The remains will no doubt put Roman Warwick on the map but the find was not only extremely exciting for the pupils but an invaluable experience for the schools. Staff and pupils had several opportunities to see the excavations first hand and The County Archaeologist’s team were only too happy to share in their enthusiasm. The find will become part of the history of the new school building, and of the Foundation as a whole and will, we hope, inspire budding archaeologists for generations to come. The remains of the building will be preserved under the new campus and plans are being developed to bring the results of the work to a wider audience in the forms of displays and educational materials, as well as a formal archaeological report.
Despite the discovery of the Roman remains, the timeline for the three year construction programme has remained on track. In fact, progress has gone so well during the first year that Governors and the Project Team have reviewed and made changes to the original timeline bringing forward stages of the project. The new King’s High main school and Sport, Art and Technology ‘wrap-around’ will both be completed over the summer in time for the girls to move into their new home at the start of next academic year. Over the following 12 months, the Music School will be delivered – the finishing touch to one truly, outstanding campus.
Warwick Independent Schools Foundation provides outstanding, all-round education through our schools, King’s High with Warwick Preparatory School, and Warwick School, helping each pupil to maximise their potential. The Foundation is unique in the Midlands, offering co-education for pupils aged 3 to 7, and single-sex education from age 7 onwards.
To find out more about Project One Campus, please visit www.projectonecampus.co.uk or follow @POC_WISF on Twitter.
King’s High named The Sunday Times West Midlands Independent School of the Year
King’s High, Warwick has been named The Sunday Times West Midlands Independent Secondary School of the Year, 2019
23rd November 2018 — Richard Nicholson, Head Master of King’s High, says: ‘I am absolutely delighted for our girls, staff and parents. Being named The Sunday Times West Midlands Independent Secondary School of the Year is a tremendous accolade, recognising both the girls’ achievements, and the all-round experience we offer.’
This year saw the girls achieve outstanding exam results. King’s was ranked nationally 21st for Independent Girls’ Schools, and 49th of all Independent Schools, for A-Levels, and 31st of all Independent Girls’ Schools for GCSEs. Girls divide 50-50 between going on to study STEM and Arts subjects at university. King’s has two recent Old Girls in Game of Thrones. This Spring, girls organised a live link-up with an astronaut on the International Space Station. Head Girl, Emma-Jane Taylor Watts says: ‘Girls at King’s take it as a given they can achieve anything.’ The Good Schools Guide 2018 review says: ‘Who wouldn’t want their daughters to be like this at 18?’
The nomination comes at a momentous time in the school’s 139-year history. In September 2019, King’s moves to its new King’s High school – with world-class facilities for girls - alongside Warwick School, creating what has been called ‘the best of both worlds – single-sex education for girls and boys, in a shared social environment,’ and ‘An education powerhouse for the Midlands.’ Richard Nicholson says: ‘Whilst we are thrilled that King’s has been recognised in this way, we are not at all complacent. All that we do is focused on ensuring that we offer each of our girls the very best of educations. In a rapidly changing world, that remains our commitment.’
King’s High girls and their parents joined staff to celebrate superb individual achievements when A Level results were announced, which are the strongest in seven years.
16th August 2018 — King’s High girls and their parents joined staff to celebrate superb individual achievements when A Level results were announced, which are the strongest in seven years.
The headline figures are as follows: • 63% of all results were graded A* to A • 24% of all results were graded A* • 90% of all results were graded A*to B • 96% of all results were graded A* to C • 100% pass rate overall
In addition: • 42% of girls received at least one A* • 11% of girls received at least three A*s • 89% of girls received at least one A • 38% of girls received all A*-A grades
The strength of the girls' achievements was recognised in the most recent ISI Inspection Report statement: ‘Results in A level examinations and standard measures of progress indicate that pupils make excellent progress by the time they leave the school compared to the average for pupils of similar abilities.’