They engaged Re-Format to devise various master planning options, eventually selling an underutilized section of the school grounds for housing development, generating £700k for their project.
St. John’s School also conducted a comprehensive fundraising campaign to cover the remaining costs. In the end, their independent approach not only led to an innovative design but also substantial cost savings by avoiding government bureaucracy.
Despite the government’s refusal to fund St. John’s School in Marlborough for a decade, the school’s determined governors embarked on an alternative path.
Despite facing opposition from local politicians, the team successfully secured planning permission for the new school and additional residential sites, providing the necessary funds.