Village School

A feasibility study for a junior school of 480 pupils, set in 12 acres of grounds and playing fields on the outskirts of a Surrey village. Our proposals sought to bring together a group of disparate buildings using a series of new interventions; expanding the school’s facilities and improving its operation.

The project brief aspired ‘to bring the school into the 21st century, embracing the latest technologies in sustainable buildings’. We sought to address this aspiration with a phased masterplan that would enable the continued operation of the school during the work, with the minimum of disruption. Sustainability was considered as part of a whole life costing of the proposals.

We sought to create inspiring and engaging environments with flexible and adaptable teaching spaces, within an environment that would motivate both pupils and staff.

The use of the whole school environment as a tool for teaching was a key part of the concept, including new facilities to make maximum use of the landscape setting as a teaching environment. Even the construction process could be perceived as a teaching opportunity.

Creating spaces that could further engage with the local community was also important, and our proposals considered opportunities for extended facilities to encourage lifelong learning.