On Friday 1st July, the end of the academic year was also the first day of the summer holiday and the start of the Summer 2016 Plan, part of Kingsley School Bideford’s 5-year investment strategy.
Over the last couple of years we have seen some remarkable changes at Kingsley School including the new sixth form centre, new music department, upgraded boarding facilities, sensory room in the Nursery, new tennis courts and even a mud kitchen for the Pre-School. The momentum of changes continues unabated and is led with boundless energy by our Governors and Headmaster.
Our investment strategy is to provide the best facilities in which children can safely learn and develop their talents. As we tick off more projects each year it steadily becomes easier to prioritise the remaining areas for investment.
At the end of June, the Trustees at the Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST) gave their approval to carefully designed plans for new sports facilities. Sport has always been a very important part of the life and ethos of Kingsley. All pupils are encouraged to explore the full range of sport: alongside traditional sports, Devon Handball is based at Kingsley, our Judo team successfully competes on the international circuit, our Outdoor Education Department runs the popular Duke of Edinburgh Award, our Junior and Senior Gymnasts year after year reach the Nationals, our surfing club is now in record numbers.
The list of principle projects demonstrates the ambitious scale and diversity of development work planned at Kingsley School over the coming months.
- Floodlit All Weather sports pitch – this new pitch at Kingsley School will massively increase the opportunities for our pupils, of all ages and abilities, to play sport at first-class facilities all year round. The all-weather pitch will also be available for local community sports clubs to use to help boost grassroots sport in Bideford.
- Sports Hall: rebuilding the sports hall changing rooms – so students will be able to change and shower in private cubicles.
- Car Park: the main school carpark will be entirely rebuilt over the summer holidays.
This is an opportunity to thank everyone involved at Kingsley School, our Governors and The Methodist Schools Trust for their commitment to Kingsley and the contribution they make to our success.
Kingsley School is committed to continuous improvement, going from strength to strength and, in this sometimes disconcerting world, appreciates the continued trust and support of our pupils, parents and donors.
With phase one of this programme underway, costed and agreed at nearly £1m by the Governors, there are just several months in which to complete delivery of all the promised refurbishments and improvements. We intend for everything to be completed by the end of October, but the majority of the works will be finalised before the students return in September. Projects are managed closely to ensure that the required quality of work is delivered and that the work will be completed within very tight timescales. Meanwhile, the School infrastructure keeps operating in support of summer schools for language students and sports camps. This is an exciting time to be part of the Kingsley community and I hope you will be inspired by the progress the School is making.
All in all, a pretty quiet summer at Kingsley!