Neuroscientist, Dr Tim Holmes saw, in Swedish school, Brinkskolan, design detailing he was more familiar with in retail interiors. Here he tells us what first captivated him about the school and why he feels we can learn a thing or two from it.
When Andy Theobold of architects Fielden Clegg Bradley picked up two awards at the South West regional RIBA awards for his design of a school building, we asked Gary Spracklen, Innovation Director at A4LE UK, to take a trip to the West Country to see what all the fuss was about.
Northern Beaches Christian School in Sydney is fast gathering a global reputation for truly recognising how innovative learning spaces can support changing teaching practices. We asked Anne Knock of the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning to explain how they got to where they are.
One of A4LE UK’s executive directors, Terry White, recently visited a school in South London that proved occupying an old Victorian Board School is no barrier to creating fantastically creative and supportive spaces in which large groups of students gather together to learn. The school was granted Teaching School Status by the National College in 2014. Here he explains what he saw there and details what he feels was important in making their vision a reality.
Albemarle County in the American state of Virginia has seen trans-formative changes in how their schools have been designed over the past few years under the stewardship of Superintendent Pam Moran and guidance of Ira Socol. Here they outline what prompted them to relook at how their school buildings were designed, and some of the initiatives they have undertaken.
In 2009 a group of parents from the Wapping, Shadwell and Limehouse districts of East London got together to talk about the secondary education provision within their community. Even though Wapping had been an admissions priority area for over ten years, theirs was a part of the borough where single-sex post-eleven education remained the norm and the demographic had led to many local schools becoming stratified along lines of both gender and ethnicity.
By 2023, the number of pupils in England’s schools is projected to increase by a staggering 880,000. How will our buildings cope? Kevin Harvey presents the possibility of off-site construction – an approach already helping primary and secondary schools across the country overcome an array of place planning issues.
This was the vision for the site overlooking Plymouth Sound, articulated by the then Principal Helen Mathieson when we first met in December 2011.
Heartlands High School is a new community school for Haringey with outstanding facilities. The school has received artsmark status for the excellent work it produces in the arts, and has a specialised autistic provision faculty that runs alongside the mainstream school.