Planning permission was granted for our new build in October and digging will start in early 2019 with completion and handover in early Spring 2020.

Key information:

  • It will be a three storey building including curriculum accommodation for D&T, Art, English (including a Library and a Drama Studio), PE (4 court sports hall) and Science. It will also include a new kitchen and canteen.
  • It will be located on the grass area in the West Site adjacent to the Music block and opposite the tennis dome.
  • Access to the site for workers, equipment, lorries etc., will be via a newly created temporary entrance off the bus bays. The work area will be very clearly, and completely, fenced off. All relevant Health and Safety checks have been carried out and this will be an ongoing priority during construction.
  • The ROSLA Building is remaining (it is not as old as the East Building).
  • When the new build is completed it will take about 6 months to safely demolish East Building. Following this the site will be made good and include a small grass area (for sport) to replace the one where the new build is being constructed.
  • Governors have agreed provisional holiday dates for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. 

There will be some impact on other aspects of school:

  • We will be relocating our pastoral hub so that it will be in one area.
  • Our school chapel will be relocated to a ground floor area.
  • From the new build completion in 2020 we will have 2 student entrances to school:     

o    the current entrance via the bus bay gates

o    we will reopen the Carriage Drive gate.

  • As you are aware, the school day will shorten by a further 5 minutes (this was part of the recent consultation on changing the school day this year) as we will be able to cut down on some of the movement time that we currently have. This will not affect lunchtime.

A number of people have asked me why we cannot just take over the building of Mid Cheshire College. This is a completely logical question but that decision is not in our gift as the college is a separate institution with no formal links to local schools, the local authority (CW&C) or the Diocese of Chester. It also does not contain the specialist curriculum provision that we need to replace – Science Labs and D&T rooms.

Finally, it is our intention to open up East Building to members of the public at some point in 2019 so that the thousands of students who have studied there have the chance to visit their old school for one last time. We will have the plans for the new build on show at the same time.

This is a really exciting time for our school community. At a time when school budgets are facing severe pressure, we are blessed to have a state of the art new building on the way in the next 18 months.

In ‘Caritas et Veritas’,

Mike Holland (November 2018)