The school is fortunate in its site, a beautiful 50 acre expanse next to the University of Birmingham, which it shares with King Edward's 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 5 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. There are also six Eton Fives Courts. The school shares use of two newly refurbished hockey astro pitches. 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 a major £25m programme to develop all aspects of our provision. The first phase, which is being undertaken in collaboration with King Edward's High School for Girls, is the Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Performing Arts Centre and this opens in April 2012. 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. The second phase is to redevelop the science quadrangle to provide new teaching facilities for science and modern languages. This project starts in summer 2012 and will be completed by the summer of 2013 and it has been made possible by a gift of £2.5m from an anonymous alumnus. Sporting provision is also being improved, too. By September 2012 a new hockey astro pitch will have been built on land near the Eastern Road grounds and in 2013 work will start on a new indoor sports centre, incorporating a new sports hall, swimming pool, space for fitness training and other indoor sports, and social space.