Thomas Keble School has been selected to be part of the the Department of Education’s school rebuilding programme this year.
Headteacher Julia Maunder anounnced the news after receiving a letter today from the Department of Education.
As part of the programme, the secondary school, on Keble Road in Eastcombe, will be replaced by a brand new, state-of-the-art, school campus.
In a statement, Mrs Maunder said: “I received a letter today from the Department of Education to confirm that Thomas Keble School has been selected to be part of the School Rebuilding Programme this year.
“As a result, the vast majority of our school buildings will be replaced by a brand new, state-of-the-art, school campus.
“The new school will be ready for occupation in September 2023.”
The rebuild is likely to include:
• New, purpose-built facilities for Art, Drama, Music, Textiles, Food, Product Design and PE.
• A brand new main block to replace the block that currently houses English, Maths, Computing, Modern Foreign Languages and PHSE, along with the majority of our admin. team office areas.
• Additional general teaching classrooms to replace the temporary classrooms that currently house RE and Citizenship.
• A brand new reception suite with dedicated meeting space.
• Brand new dining facilities, main hall / performance space and library resource centre.
• Dedicated areas for our Pastoral and Learning Support Departments.
Mrs Maunder added: “A couple of our existing, newer buildings will be retained and incorporated into the new design. This is likely to include our Humanities block, which opened six years ago, and our modern Sports Hall which provided facilities for our local community too. Our Science facilities are also to be reviewed as part of the project.
“I am particularly pleased that one of the aims of the new build will be to deliver a campus that is carbon neutral. This delivers on ambitions established by our students as part of their GCSE Citizenship campaign programme, to encourage the school to become sustainable and environmentally friendly.
“Planning is already underway and as we progress with our ideas, we will be striving to involve our school stakeholders in helping us to deliver a design that reflects the special environment that makes Thomas Keble the unique and wonderful school that makes me so proud to be its Headteacher.
“I’d like to recognise the dedication and commitment of everyone associated with the school over the last 30 + years.
“Our reputation has been established throughout that time and as its current ‘caretaker’ I am proud to be able to lead this particular part of the Thomas Keble story in delivering first-class learning facilities to match the first-class education and support our students enjoy.”