ECO Friendly Design

Making a reality of your vision for learning

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.

“We believe children can consistently surprise us…but only if we let them,” explained deputy Head Teacher, Karen Dugan. West Thornton is a primary school rated by OFSTED as ‘outstanding’ that has been on an evolutionary journey for many years: it has seen the impact of promoting independent and pupil-led learning in the school and of promoting this as an alternative to more traditional models. The school, as a learning community, believes in offering learners an environment in which they can direct and control their own learning. 

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