VIDEO: King's School Gloucester reveals new £2million Sixth Form centre
By Matt Hall | 21st January 2021
In 2019, recognising that the existing King's Sixth Form Centre was unsuited to the needs and aspirations of its students, the school raised funds to transform the 13th Century building.
Work commenced on the £2million project in early March 2020, only to be stopped for several weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.
But after an immense effort by all of the contractors, including city-based Roberts Limbrick Architects and Town and City Builders, the School unveiled the finished building this month, preserved for future generations of King's students as well as the wider community.
The building, which sits adjacent to the Cathedral, has been completely transformed with period features restored, whilst brighter, modern work and social spaces have been created.
Funds required for the new Sixth Form centre were raised by an innovative sale of bonds to parents, which will generate a 3 per cent annual interest and will be fully repaid in seven years.
In short, the projects aim was to build a bold and unique new Sixth Form Centre of which the School staff, students and community can be proud.
It will also allow the number of pupils at King's studying for the 28 different A Levels or BTEC subjects to increase.
Headmaster David Morton said: "Within the building there is a collection of 14 pieces of artwork entitled 'Think Differently'. We have taken established works of art, blended them with a prominent figure from history and given them a modern twist, to challenge the perceptions of the viewer and to encourage ambition and creativity in our students.
"We think you will agree that we have created a Sixth Form Centre - blending history with modernity - which is truly like no other."
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