08:02AM, Thursday 05 December 2013
Major changes to Claires Court which involve a new campus and the construction of a private hospital at its Junior Boys site in Maidenhead Thicket have been announced.
The independent school is proposing the sale of its sites in College Avenue and Ray Mill Road East to fund a multi-million pound project which will see all of its pupils educated at a new campus off Cannon Lane.
It is also looking to sell part of the land to the east of the school site to create a new hospital which will offer treatment for both NHS and private patients.
Full details of what the hospital will involve remain under wraps, but Claires Court said the facility would be 'significantly enhancing the provision of health services in the area'.
Administrative principal Hugh Wilding said: "[The plans] will allow the school to provide a quality learning environment with improved facilities for sport, the creative arts and academic study, whilst also providing much-needed additional school places and new healthcare facilities for Maidenhead and surrounding areas."
The move comes after Claires Court acquired land adjacent to Ridgeway and Maidenhead Thicket last year, giving it space to educate all of its pupils, including providing new sports pitches.
Pupils are based at three sites in Maidenhead, but Mr Wilding said the idea to create a single campus at Ridgeway was considered as far back as the 1960s by his parents, David and Josephine Wilding.
He said the project would cost 'many millions' but hoped the majority of the cash needed would come from the hospital and the sale of the other sites.
The plans are in their early stages, and it could be five years or more before the project reaches completion.
Widespread consultation with staff, parents and the local community is planned before full proposals are drawn up.
Mr Wilding said the policy of educating girls and boys separately would remain and added 'throughout this project we will maintain our core values of responsibility, respect, loyalty and integrity'.
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