St John’s new sports facilities offering a four-court sports hall, two external multi-use courts, changing rooms and landscaped areas for student recreation are on target for completion in March this year. The new development will enhance the existing range of sports facilities at St John’s and transform a previously unused area of rough ground at the front of the school.
St John’s was previously based in two separate locations a mile apart. After years of planning, the new St John’s building finally brought all students together on a single site and opened in December 2009. The new school buildings were mainly funded from the sale of the Savernake (lower school) site and part of the Stedman(upper school site)for housing together with donations, as no central government funding was available.
The area now being developed at the front of the school was originally intended to be used for an all-weather pitch, but insufficient funds were available to bring this Phase 2 plan to fruition in 2009, and more recently planning restrictions made it impossible to re-instate the scheme.
Now, all the funds raised for the Phase 2 facilities can finally be committed to the new sports development. St John’s will, at last, be able to keep its promise to the Phase 2 donors by listing their names on the wall of the new sports facility.
St John’s Principal, Ian Tucker, said: “I am extremely grateful to everyone who supported St John’s financially when the new buildings were first constructed and it is exciting that people’s generosity now allows us to provide new first-class sporting facilities to our students, and to share with our local community.”
More information in the News pages of the St John’s website here