The School Rebuilding Programme (SRP) is a national government initiative that carries out major rebuilding and refurbishment projects at school and sixth-form college buildings across England, with buildings prioritised according to their condition. Thomas Keble School was one of the first set of 50 schools to be chosen nationally, announced in February 2021.
The vision for TKS is to develop a scheme that will consolidate currently disconnected spaces, into a single new school building, that is linked to the legacy facilities (Sports Hall, Science and Humanities) that are being retained.
The new main school building and associated landscaping will not only replace facilities at the end of their life, but also provide the school with a strong and clear identity for the future. The scheme comprises a mix of new build and refurbishment elements, as well as extensive improvements to the hard and soft landscaping, to meet the future needs and vision of the school, whilst also helping meet the Government’s net-zero target.
The proposal includes for:
- Demolition of 80% of the existing structures which have reached end of life.
- The construction of a new three-storey teaching block.
- An extension to the retained Sports Hall.
- A new canopy between the new teaching block.
- Enhanced landscaping and car park.
The pre-build works began in February 2023, with the major works commencing in April 2023. Completion is in phases, with the main build ready for occupancy in June 2024.