King’s School — building for the future
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.”