An Invitation from KEVICC to our Community
Meeting on Monday 4th December at 4:00 pm and Thursday 7th December 2017 6:00 pm
Last Year, KEVICC celebrated its 50th anniversary as a comprehensive school, and it is worth noting that many of our buildings date from this period, or even earlier.
There have been various plans to refresh or rebuild KEVICC for years. Apart from some architects’ ideas and some now dusty plans we haven't moved far. Staff and governors in the past were hopeful that KEVICC would benefit from the “Building Schools for the Future programme”. Hopes were dashed when the government changed in 2010, scrapped the programme and sent us back to square one- where we have been loitering ever since!
Governors know that to achieve our goal of being a thriving community school, we will need to face and solve a number of key challenges, one of which is how we regenerate our facilities to ensure they match our aspirations for our young people.
The College has had so many recent pressing priorities to contend with, not least those caused by national changes to qualifications and funding. However, when the opportunity came along through the Neighbourhood Plan over a year ago to have a fully funded professional scoping of the KEVICC site by AECOM, it seemed too good a chance to miss.
It was exciting to be involved in a piece of work which allowed us to imagine where we could build a new school entirely from scratch if money were no object. We were also able to explore the capacity of our site for sustainably providing the 130 dwellings, educational and community facilities and public open space which the Joint Local Plan has allocated to the site.
We are happy to share this work. We need our community to come and engage with us on the big issues we face; not just around our site and our facilities, but also around school funding, and the government agenda of schools forming federations and multi-academy trusts. It would also be good to share with the community our journey as a Cooperative Trust school, and what we need to do to take this forward in the future.
We will be hosting two opportunities to hear from and talk with our community before Christmas, with more to follow on demand. These are dates when anyone in the community can take a short tour of the site, followed by a conversation where we explore a whole range of current educational issues which have a direct relevance to KEVICC and Totnes.
Monday 4th December 4:00 pm
Thursday 7th December 6:00 pm
Please come to the Ariel Centre reception for the time above. A presentation by Alan Salt will be followed by a chance to tour our facilities, followed by refreshments, a chance to leave feedback and raise questions with Alan Salt.
The Board of Governors
Alan Salt, Principal
King Edward VI Community College