This state 2FE primary academy is an extension of Norman Foster’s secondary school academy.
The school is the first in the country to feature classrooms with a maximum occupancy of 20 pupils, which takes a bold step towards the belief that smaller class groups will lead to a better learning environment.
Three connecting ’drums’ make up the design of the building, each representing the three phases within the primary education system. These steps replace the traditional 2 key stages, with the middle section looking to ease the transition between play based and classroom based learning. In line with the ‘all age’ aspiration of the academy, the new primary school and secondary academy have been sited close to one another and linked together with a canopy to enable a sharing of resource to further aid the transition between primary and secondary school as a pupil progresses through their academic career.
There was a focus on the emphasis of play and external teaching, representing stepping stones from kindergarten, to junior school and through to the senior academy. A self-learning street runs through the heart of the school providing all years with shared access to library, ICT, art and food technology facilities. Feature ‘quiet zones’ run through the middle of each drum and provide each classroom with accessible focused learning environments for group learning and one to one tuition.
Photographer: Charles Hosea