We are working on exciting plans for the redevelopment of sports facilities at our Kettering Road site. On this page you can read updates as the project progresses, and explore our plans for the development.
3 June 2021
The planning committee has unanimously agreed to approve the planning application with the pre-agreed conditions. It received very positive support from all councillors and some very positive debate and support for girls sport and in particular hockey.
12 January 2021
We submitted our application for planning permission over the Christmas holidays.
3 December 2020
The Stamford Schools have announced that the existing sports facilities on the Kettering Road site are set to be redeveloped, increasing both capacity and opportunity for our students, and increasing local community access to high-quality sports facilities.
Announcing the project, Principal, Will Phelan said: “Sport at Stamford is going from strength to strength. The range of sports that we offer, and the opportunities to keep fit and active, are growing all the time. Our students are achieving local, regional and national recognition for their success in all kinds of different sports. But more importantly than anything, more and more of our students are taking in part in physical activities for the sheer joy of it, which we all know is a crucial part of any happy, healthy life. We want all of that enthusiasm, that commitment, and that growing passion to be matched by the facilities that our students can learn and train in.”
Stamford High School was founded in the late 19th century, before sport was a standard part of the curriculum for girls. Sports facilities for our High School students have evolved steadily over the years: an all-weather hockey pitch was built in 2000, they utilise netball courts situated on the Stamford Junior School site, and make use of the Sports Centre, swimming pool, and grass and Astro pitches at Stamford School. They have use of a gymnasium and changing facilities on the main High School site.
The significant increase in participation in physical activity by the students at the High School, and in the huge variety of sports that is available to them, has meant that, despite the coronavirus, we are pushing forward with plans to make sport at Stamford even better.
The proposed redevelopment of the Kettering Road site aims to facilitate this growing demand and includes the following changes:
- Minor expansion of the site and reorientation of the existing full-size hockey pitch, allowing a second pitch to be built with minimum impact on the overall footprint
- Replacement of the existing pavilion with a new facility to accommodate a fitness suite, two studios, extensive changing facilities and spectator spaces
- Enhancement of all boundaries with extensive planting of native trees and shrubs
About the project
The additional all-weather pitch will allow us to double our capacity for training and competitive fixtures on the site, which will enable greater participation at all levels. Replacement of the existing pavilion will provide changing facilities for 100 students. The two studios and fitness suite will allow us to better support the wide range of sporting activities we offer to our students, including dance, indoor cycling, Pilates and yoga, to name just a few.
All of these facilities will be made available outside school hours for use by the local community. Discussions are already underway with England Hockey regarding the formation of a new Stamford Hockey Club: at present, the nearest community clubs are based in Bourne (eight miles away) or Oundle (11 miles away).
This project will support all of our students, and the wider community, in developing a lifelong, positive attitude towards sport and physical activity, and realising the health and wellbeing benefits that come from being physically active.
Detailed information about this project is listed below. We are currently seeking views from the public as part of the pre-planning consultation process. If you would like to contribute to the consultation, please complete the form below by 9am on Monday 14 December (this has now closed). You can submit your response anonymously if you prefer, but please include your postcode so that we can have some understanding of how the proposed development is likely to affect people in different locations. If you would prefer to speak to someone, we will be very happy to arrange a time for a telephone or video call so that we can answer any questions you may have: please call us on 01780 750 340 to arrange an appointment.
The Proposed Development
The new building is a single-storey construction with a pitched roof, overlooking the pitches.View Document
The building has been designed to increase provision and opportunity across a wide range of sports and physical activity. Two studios will accommodate dance, pilates, yoga, indoor cycling, and a range of other activities that are growing in popularity. The building will also contain a gym, and four changing rooms with capacity for 100 people.View Document
Internal and External Look and Feel
The proposed building draws on the historic semi-rural environment. Local stone, wood and glass are being utilised to create a high quality, attractive façade in keeping with the setting. Vaulted ceilings with exposed beams will create an airy, light environment indoors.
The existing site will be extended slightly, and levelled, allowing reorientation of the existing pitch and creation of a second pitch alongside it. The existing public right of way will be maintained.View Document
Approach to the Site
The building will be visible on the approach to Stamford, as the existing building currently is. Although the new building will be slightly larger, materials and construction are sympathetic to the location and the visible impact should be no greater.View Document
The single storey building will be unobtrusive in the context of the local area. The boundary will be replanted with a diverse mix of native trees and hedging, providing shelter to the site, minimising the visual impact of the development, and enhancing the area as a habitat for wildlife.View Document
The existing floodlights will be replaced by modern lights, installed in a way that is sympathetic to wildlife. Developments in lighting technology since the existing lighting was installed mean that the overall spill of the light will be lessened, despite the creation of an additional pitch.View Document
Hours of use
The facilities will be used for PE lessons, before- and after-school coaching and practice, club practice, and weekend fixtures. The maximum hours of use are being proposed as 7:30am to 8:30pm Mondays to Fridays, 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays, and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Sundays. Outside term time, School usage will be reduced to activities such as start of season training and holiday clubs. Floodlights will be switched off no later than 9:00pm each day. Parking arrangements will be unchanged.