After a year of construction and many more of planning, the first major step for Kingham Hill’s 2020 Vision was completed with the opening of The Veritas Building in 2016.
Our architect and alumnus, Mark Foley, worked hard to develop a scheme that preserves the coherence of the School’s architectural and the aesthetic appeal. The exterior of this building has been sensitively finished with a combination of Cotswold stone, timber, glass and zinc enabling it to blend seamlessly with its surroundings. The design of the building echoes the features of other properties on the site, uniting the different architectural styles to create a cohesive scheme across the estate.
The Veritas Building provides the School with:
- six new classrooms
- six state-of-the-art science laboratories
- a seminar room
- three science prep rooms
- office space for staff
The two-storey building is designed around light-filled atria, reducing the need for extensive artificial lighting. The classrooms are large, bright spaces with generous windows offering glimpses of the world outside, combining the beauty of creation with state-of-the-art technology to provide the very best learning experience for pupils. Each room includes the features required in a modern school, integrating interactive white boards and the use of projectors as part of the infrastructure.
The new laboratories are designed to the highest standards for schools, providing outstanding facilities for our young scientists as they learn about the world around them.
Nick Seward, Headmaster, explains the choice of name and vision behind it:
“I am delighted to announce the name for our new Mathematics and Science facility, which is to be called ‘The Veritas Building’. The name was chosen following a consultation process with the wider KHS community, both past and present.
Veritas, being Latin for ‘truth’, reminds us that modern Science sprang from the intellectual and spiritual fruits of the Reformation. Science, with its particular legitimate methods, rests within a wider framework of truth, which requires a philosophy of rationality.
Our hope is that nourished by our particular Christian ethos, pupils will be inspired to discover the complexity, beauty, and order of the Universe and our planet. In state-of-the-art facilities, we want them to develop a rigorous academic curiosity, and a thirst for greater knowledge of the world around them.”