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King Edward VI Community College

King Edward VI Community College

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Executive Summary

KEVICC’s strategic objectives for the next few years can be summarised in these three intentions. 

  1. KEVICC will be the school of choice in Totnes. 
  2. We will invest in first-class facilities. 
  3. The education we provide will be excellent and always improving.  

1. School of choice 

‘Comprehensive’ and ‘inclusive’ are keywords in our ethos. We believe that KEVICC should meet all the needs of all the young people in our catchment area. Our intention is to make it unusual for students from our catchment to travel out of the area for their secondary education. OFSTED’s recognition that we are a good school in June 2019 was welcome confirmation that we are on the right track. We will continue to build from this sound foundation. 

2. First-class facilities 

We must accept that many of our buildings are showing their age. To achieve our objectives we need better classrooms, better equipped. The recent improvements to our Science labs demonstrate the impact that improved facilities can have. We are actively reviewing the College’s estate and identifying ways that we can optimise it's use to help our students to flourish.  

3. Excellent and improving provision 

The staff have a great deal to be proud of. Our students are achieving better results each year. These statistics back up OFSTED’s judgment of the school, and the trend in recent years has been positive on all measures. The Governing Board is even prouder of the restless and relentless drive to improve demonstrated by the staff and their leadership. With better facilities, the efforts of the students and staff have a better chance of coming to fruition.

A Spatial Framework design has been developed to help realise this aspiration with a proposal for the College to dispose of surplus assets and use potential receipts to reinvest in the College’s retained site and facilities.

Seven parcels of land are being considered for disposal and the receipt from the sales would be invested in the following priority areas:

  • Improvement to existing teaching accommodation to create a fit for purpose learning environment
  • Enhancement of sporting facilities on the Redworth site
  • New, modern, dedicated Sixth Form block
  • Enhancements to the external recreational areas and social spaces of the Redworth site
  • Improvements to site access & transport route to improve site security and safeguarding

The total cost of these priority works has been estimated in excess of £7m. Funding of this level is unlikely to be provided by central government; the only way the College can generate the level of income to make these long-term improvements is to proceed with the disposal of the identified surplus assets. At the same time, this will also reduce the ongoing financial liability and burden of these unused assets.

The main objective of the Spatial Framework design and the implementation of these proposals is to improve the learning environment at KEVICC and to secure its future as a leading educational establishment.