King’s School — build­ing for the fu­ture

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As King’s School ap­proaches its cen­te­nary, it is about to un­veil one of the most im­por­tant and last­ing ad­di­tions to its cam­pus. The new pur­pose-built Cen­ten­nial Build­ing in the cen­tre of the school of­fers stu­dents a unique learn­ing fa­cil­ity to meet the needs of the next cen­tury.

This world-class fa­cil­ity will add an ad­di­tional 5000 square me­tres of large light-filled class­rooms, mu­sic stu­dios and dis­cus­sion ar­eas. How­ever, Head­mas­ter Tony Sis­sons re­mains firm that the school will not in­crease its cur­rent roll, main­tain­ing its en­vi­able staff-to-stu­dent ra­tio of 1:11.

“I strongly be­lieve that boys need to have a close re­la­tion­ship with their teach­ers in or­der to ef­fec­tively learn.

“That is why we keep our staff-tostu­dent ra­tio at the low­est in the coun­try and why we em­ploy spe­cial­ist teach­ers who act as role mod­els to our boys. The so-called ‘open-plan, mod­ern learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments’ with some 50-plus chil­dren to a room cur­rently be­ing im­ple­mented in state schools don’t work.

“Re­search tells us that young chil­dren need to have the feel­ing of safety and be­long­ing that a small class size and one teacher can pro­vide. Yes, we need to cre­ate flex­i­ble spa­ces to al­low our stu­dents to break out of their class­room and work both in­di­vid­u­ally and in groups, but not at the ex­pense of their re­la­tion­ship with their teacher. I want my teach­ers to re­ally know the boys in their care,” Sis­sons says.

Open-plan, mod­ern learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments don’t work.

“I be­lieve that in­de­pen­dent schools have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to be at the fore­front of ed­u­ca­tion in this coun­try. Our vi­sion is to de­velop the in­di­vid­ual tal­ents of each boy for life. Ev­ery boy in our care has unique abil­i­ties and tal­ents. We need to pro­vide the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges to en­sure each and ev­ery boy achieves his full po­ten­tial. It is our duty to pre­pare him well for an ever-chang­ing fu­ture.

“There is no doubt that in cre­at­ing these world-class fa­cil­i­ties we will con­tinue to at­tract the very best teach­ing staff and to of­fer our boys the very best ed­u­ca­tion.”

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