Crackley Hall occupies a distinctive mansion on the edge of Kenilworth, built originally for John Siddeley, 1st Baron Kenilworth, whose fortune was made in the car industry. The Hall has been considerably modernised and improved and the school has its own playing fields two minutes’ walk away.
We are fortunate to have a good range of both outside and indoor facilities which we are looking to enhance considerably in the coming years. These include a fully equipped gymnasium, a netball court, a main field for rugby, football, rounders, cricket, athletics as well as a grass area next to the school.
As well as our own facilities we also use Princethorpe College, Warwick University and Abbey Fields Swimming Pool.
The investment in facilities continues: building work to provide more classrooms, specialist teaching rooms for Art and Music, greatly enhanced IT, Science and Technology suites and improved sports changing facilities was completed in 2013 and has already had a positive effect on school life.
A £2m east end development at Crackley Hall, The Gables, was completed in 2016. The outstanding contemporary design, replaced the current hall and bungalow, and was the brainchild of Tony Pugh of local architects AT Architects in Leamington Spa, who were also involved in the £4.5m 14-classroom Limes project at Princethorpe College. The scheme provided the school with a much needed 240-seat multi-purpose hall, two classrooms, four specialist music teaching rooms and a large tutorial room. The hall is fitted with sports equipment, a demountable stage and full lighting and sound facilities. Additionally, a large adjacent kitchen has multiple cookers and hobs so that it can be used for children’s cookery activities, as well as refreshments for events. Generous circulation areas have been incorporated, including toilets, spaces for lockers, additional IT distribution, a lift to the lower level and an electronic display screen. Although parts of the building that were demolished were relatively undistinguished architecturally, the school was been keen to celebrate its heritage by incorporating the two distinctive stained glass windows and ceiling boss into the new building.
Work has also included a multi-purpose hard standing area laid with porous tarmac. This has provided Crackley Hall with another sports and play area which can also be used at peak times for parking.
Head, Robert Duigan, commented “The east end development at Crackley gives the school outstanding facilities which fit totally with its aspirations. We have a superb new hall which will allow all of the school to meet together in a bright, modern and uplifting space. Musicians have a new home in specially designed accommodation and we have two state-of-the-art classrooms fully equipped with IT.”