Our pupils’ ideas

As part of our expansion through to GCSEs, we’ll need to evolve our facilitiesWe’ll be working with project managers and architects to realise these ideas in ambitious and calculated ways.  Firstly, we wanted to speak to those whose opinions we value the most – our pupils! In January 2021 we led a series of creative workshops with pupils to capture their vision for the future design of our school.  

The outcome is a series of mood boards which you can see below. It’s all blue-sky-thinking at this stage, but we want to aim high. Our school should feel progressive. We want our pupils to be inspired by our facilities, experience new things, learn in unique ways and most importantly be happy to be here. 

The mood boards focus on 4 key areas and are presented in their own words: 

SOCIAL SPACES – When thinking what Years 9-11 might want, the idea of social and being independent came up a lot. School should be a place to enjoy hanging out with friends as much as well as learning. We like the idea of having a common room complete with a café (inside or outside), pods for self-led learning, cosy seating. We’re also day-dreaming about a cinema space… 

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SPECIALIST TEACHING – Offering GCSEs means we need to have dedicated classrooms for specialist subjects. We like the idea of having different “zones”, for example in DT we could have a tech zone for 3d printing and technical lego and a messy zone for metal welding or experimentation with materials. As well as learning we want to show off our skills, and think an art gallery could be attached to our classroom so we can host exhibitions.  

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SPORT & OUTDOOR LEARNING – Our all-weather astro pitch will be built for September 2021, we can’t wait! We’re also inspired by learning outdoors and think we could expand our Forest School and have an outdoor kitchen, farm and classrooms. Imagine learning about Geography in the wild! We care about protecting our planet, so our school needs to be as “green” and sustainable as possible. 

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PERFORMING ARTS – We’re proud of our school’s drama, dance and music credentials. So, we need a space to showcase this! Capacity for 300 people, but with retractable seating so we use the space flexibly. We’re imagining dressing rooms, an extensive props cupboard and world-class lighting and audio. If COVID’s taught us anything it’s how to take our learning online, so we’d like broadcast- using a quality camera so we can showcase our performances to parents and audiences all over the world. 

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