This design replaced the existing Alderman’s Green 1.5 form of entry school with a new build 3 form of entry plus a 26-place nursery and a specialist Enhanced Resource Provision teaching area. The latter is positioned close to the main entrance to achieve an appropriate balance of separation and integration for up to 12 students.
Retaining the school’s strong family ethos, the building was organised around three colleges, creating schools within a school. This retained the school’s former intimate scale and supportive pastoral ethos. A relatively unusual Primary curriculum model at the time, it is now gaining increasing support. The colleges were arranged around and visible from a central courtyard, which maintains the connection between them. This multi-functional oasis has a central curving spinal path lined with birch trees and bamboo, weaving between and connecting distinct sub-spaces of differing character.