Etone College New Build
Etone College are very proud to announce that we are building a new additional classroom accommodation with 23 modern classrooms.
Heavily oversubscribed Etone College receives £4.6 million Council contribution so it can accommodate more local pupils.
Etone College has been over-admitting pupils since 2018 at the request of Warwickshire School’s Admissions. The school is now significantly over net capacity and needs additional buildings so it can increase their Published Admission Number to 180 and maintain the high academic standards it currently offers, from Year 7 through to Year 13.
The new classroom block, costing an estimated £6.6 million in total, will allow the very popular school to meet the needs of local families whilst helping Warwickshire County Council meet its duty to secure sufficient school places. While the Council is contributing £4.6 million, the additional £2 million required will be covered by the school’s reserves.
Without the new build, the lack of capacity for growth within the current footprint of the school would prevent it from meeting the needs of local families because of space restrictions. Having been awarded planning permission by Warwickshire County Council for the new classroom accommodation, the school are intending to start the new build on site after Easter 2023, taking approximately 12-14 months to construct and handover.
The new building will be more energy efficient for future winter resilience, reducing energy consumption and carbon efficiency, utilising modern sustainability concepts, with old facilities replaced by modern education environments.
The additional classroom accommodation will transform Etone College and ensure the estate is fit for the future, supporting the school leaders in ensuring an exceptional education for every pupil.
Etone College is a proud member of Matrix Academy Trust, whose core value is Education Without Exception. Their bottom line is: if it wouldn’t be good enough for our relatives, it’s not good enough for our pupils.
"We are delighted that our school has been prioritised by Warwickshire County Council for a new classroom block. The new classroom accommodation will build capacity for growth at Etone College and help us support the local community."
“This building will ensure Etone College continue to go from strength to strength”
"This is fantastic news for the pupils, staff and the entire community at Etone College and will ensure the estate is fit for the future. The environment our pupils learn in can help unlock their full potential and deliver Education Without Exception"
Johnny Kyriakou, Assistant Director for Education Services at Warwickshire County Council said:
"We are delighted that the build of this school is starting and will meet the needs of the growing local population. We are looking forward to the completion of a high-class educational and community facility that will match our ambitions and be the perfect springboard for the educational attainment of the young people of the area."
Etone College and Matrix Academy Trust continue to spend on capital improvements to buildings and facilities, prioritising works to improve energy efficiency.
Keep an eye on this webpage for updates and footage of the new classroom accommodation under construction
Matrix Academy Trust and Etone College are proud to be working with the following contractors:
Further Building Information
The building provides 23 classrooms plus ancillary accommodation. Sitting centrally within the school site most of the classroom accommodation overlooks either the adjacent all-weather pitch or a newly formed courtyard which includes soft landscaped areas including specialist ‘rain gardens’ as part of the sustainable design strategy for the development and the drainage. The proposed rain garden will also seek to provide educational as well as ecological benefits including an increase in site biodiversity.
The design of the building provides an efficient, flexible, and adaptable layout arranged as two storeys. The architectural rhythm of the facade follows that of the windows. The windows' size and position are defined to allow appropriate light and ventilation requirements in the rooms, maximising daylight and thus reducing electrical lighting requirements without leading to overheating through unwanted solar gain. The articulation of the outer brick skin resulting in an animated façade as the extent of the shadows cast across the walls changes through the day. Between the ground and first floor dark grey rain-screen cladding is introduced to reinforce the vertically designed emphasis. This same coloured material is also used to emphasise and define the entrance as an edging to the double-height glazing and to clad the main entrance canopy.
The external envelope has been designed and engineered using traditional masonry walls with increased thickness and highly efficient insulation, designed with target U-values of 0.15 W/m2K. Both the ground floor and the roof also have exceptionally low U-values of 0.12W/m2K, supported with very low air leakage rates, these levels being beyond the latest standards for target requirements set out within latest Building Regulations. This high level of performance is part of an overall strategy for driving down heating and cooling energy demand for the life of the building, meaning that low energy consumption in use meets the requirements of the latest Department for Education Output Specification. Heating will generally be distributed using underfloor systems that are served by efficient air-source heat pumps, located on the roof and using latest low Global Warming Potential refrigerants. A roof mounted Photovoltaic array will provide solar generated clean electrical energy to support offsetting operational carbon emissions, and also reduce the academies energy costs.