Gala celebrations mark new era for Sheffield school

Launch: John Cornwell and his book about the new extension to King Edward VII School with headteacher Beverley Jackson and project manager Cary Hadfield.
Launch: John Cornwell and his book about the new extension to King Edward VII School with headteacher Beverley Jackson and project manager Cary Hadfield.
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The multi-million pound re-development of a Sheffield school will be celebrated today with a gala and the launch of a new book.

The event takes place today at King Edward VIII school in Broomhill and will be officially opened by former pupil and BBC newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis.

John Cornwell and Dr Karl Gehring, two former school governors, have published a book chronicling the two-year re-development of the Glossop Road school.

The school, which was opened in 1838, has undergone development of the main buildings.

Mr Cornwell said: “The idea was to get a written record of the development.

“ I was thinking a four-page document.

“I suggested it to the headteacher and she recommended turning it into a book.”

He was responsible for the writing and Dr Gehring took all the photos and designed the layout of the 80 page book.

Mr Cornwell was the chair of school governors for eight years from 1994 to 2002 and Mr Gehring from 2002 to 2005.

Emily Maitlis from the BBC was a pupil at the school between 1983 and 1989.

The book called ‘A School for the Future’ is about the designing, financing, demolition, construction and refurbishing of the KES Upper School site between 2010 and 2012.

It even includes a chapter on the wall which gave way in October 2011 crashing on to the pavement and forcing the closure of Glossop Road.

The route re-opend to traffic in January.

The summer gala event today has been organised to mark the opening of the new school buildings and the refurbishment of the existing classrooms and facilities.

Visitors will be able to look around the new school buildings and there will also be a barbecue and live musical entertainment.

Those going along will also be able to have a nosy at the school’s archives.

The day ties in with this weekend’s Broomhill festival, which has been running since 1975.

The official opening ceremony at the school takes place at noon and the school grounds are open to visitors from 10am until 3pm.