The school is fortunate in its site, a beautiful 50-acre expanse next to the University of Birmingham, which it shares with King Edward VI High School for Girls. Few, if any, day schools in this country enjoy such space and quality of buildings, and yet we are less than three miles from the city centre.
The core of the school's buildings was built in the late 1930s when the school moved from its original site in New Street, Birmingham. This design was the work of Holland Hobbiss, who was a former pupil of the school. These buildings have proved to be of lasting value, but there have also been substantial developments over the years in provision for PE, Design & Technology, Art, Science, IT and the Library.
The school's sporting facilities are also extensive. For outdoor sports, we are fortunate to have all our outstanding facilities close at hand. In front of the school's main buildings there are five rugby pitches in the winter and three cricket grounds in the summer plus a small astro pitch for hockey and football. In addition, the school owns extensive land across the Bristol Road where it has the 1st XI cricket pitch, the 1st XV rugby pitch, an athletics track and tennis courts. The school shares use of two hockey astro pitches on the KEHS site and now has its own pitch on Eastern Road. For indoor sport, the school has one large sports hall, three squash courts, an indoor 25 metre swimming pool and a weight-training room.
However, the school is in the middle of a major £25m programme to develop all aspects of our provision. In April 2012, in collaboration with King Edward VI High School for Girls, the Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Performing Arts Centre was opened. It provides a 400-seater Concert Hall, a 120-seater Drama Studio and further extensive provision for the teaching, rehearsal and practice of music and dance. In September 2013 a major redevelopment of the Modern Languages and Science department provided new teaching facilities and created a new, vast Sixth Form centre. This project was made possible by a generous gift of £2.5m from Andrew Brode, an alumnus of the School. Sporting provision is being improved, too. There is now a new hockey astro pitch on land near the Eastern Road grounds and there is a redevelopment plan for the current 25 metre swimming pool and sports hall, to accommodate space for fitness training and other indoor sports, as well as social space.