The Barney Masterplan is a comprehensive and ambitious vision for the future. Following the establishment of the Kenneth King Sixth Form Centre in 2016 we are now pleased to be able to set out our plans for the next twenty years. Whilst the Masterplan represents a broad view of how the School will evolve to meet its current and future needs, it has also enabled us to identify and prioritise those areas in most pressing need of redevelopment.
Phase I of this has identified the following three developments:
- A Sports Pavilion with a 360 degree viewing area over the sports pitches. This will incorporate modern changing rooms and a vibrant hub for spectators. This will allow Barney to maintain its strong reputation for sporting achievement.
- Redevelopment of the Day House pastoral spaces. By moving the changing rooms from the Senior School this will free up space to establish a pastoral space for the younger year groups to complement the Sixth Form Centre.
- The development of a Wellbeing Centre.
Looking at the longer term, there is a clear need to replace some of the older academic buildings, and over the next twenty years there is a very ambitious project to create a new teaching block bringing together several complementary departments in bespoke, fully equipped teaching spaces.
These projects represent the beginning of an exciting and dynamic era for Barney which will safeguard the future of our School for generations to come. However, whilst several early stage developments are being financed by existing school funds, to undertake a large-scale strategic programme of capital development we need to look at the generosity of the Old Barnardian network. Traditionally, it has not been the Barney way to “put out the begging bowl” but in recent years it has become increasingly apparent that whilst fee income allows Barney and other schools in the independent sector to cover their costs, anything more ambitious requires the generosity of others.
It really is an exciting time to be an Old Barnardian and we would welcome any assistance in helping to take these projects forward.