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The full capacity of the main school is just under 1000 students.

This demands a significant building with a lot of attention place to the movement of children. Wherever possible, there is a need for a sense of space and the avoidance of close, confined spaces with lots of people passing through. It is important to try to avoid having traditional corridors, tight staircase, and awkward corners.

As modern children have shorter attention spans than in the past and the need to be kept active in their thinking and learning.

They respond well to tasks and problems. They do not respond well simply to listening – though it is of course important to help them develop this skill. Our educational philosophy, as previously stated, is to provide our students with a very active curriculum. This means that there should be plenty of break-out working spaces (often called ‘maker-spaces’). Learning is not just confined to the classroom but takes place in the whole school environment, both inside and outside. It also continues when they go home through the School’s virtual learning network.

This also means that they should have opportunity to do practical subjects that are not only good for their overall development but also very important for the way the brain specifically develops during this important stage in their lives.

The presence of Art, Drama and Music not only provide more opportunity for being active, but also help children to develop the creative side of their brains and personality. The school is most definitely a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) school.

Most teaching rooms in the south wing have been unassigned but the aim is to keep the youngest years on podium level.

As they get older, they move up floors and begin to share more of the upper school teaching spaces in the north wing. In the Lower School, most children will have all their lessons in the same room. In the Middle and Upper Schools, children will be more mobile, making use of specialist spaces.

We have integrated a number of key departments across the whole school, albeit ensuring that there are some spaces specifically designed for the younger years,

and tried to ensure wherever possible that there is academic relevance in in the actual location of the departments. For example, Art, Design and Technology all occupy the north wing of the school at podium level. This allows for exciting maker-space areas and offers opportunity to use the outside central courtyard if the weather permits. On the level above, we have the science teaching for the whole school, linking with technology, also making exciting use of breakout / maker space areas. The Space Centre will also reach through these departments and across these two floors.

The design includes three social areas (Lower, Middle and Upper), each with adjoining offices.

The Lower School has its own library. The others share a single library. The Sixth Form has a separate private work area for making good use of private study periods (non-taught). This will be a very important feature in presenting the school as a top environment for university preparation. The main library could have been placed below podium level, but it important to put it in a place of prominence, a place where children will want to go. Its spectacular setting, opening to the roof garden, will make it a real attraction. It will also be easily accessed from the Sixth Form study area.

As modern children have shorter attention spans than in the past and the need to be kept active in their thinking and learning.

They respond well to tasks and problems. They do not respond well simply to listening – though it is of course important to help them develop this skill. Our educational philosophy, as previously stated, is to provide our students with a very active curriculum. This means that there should be plenty of break-out working spaces (often called ‘maker-spaces’). Learning is not just confined to the classroom but takes place in the whole school environment, both inside and outside. It also continues when they go home through the School’s virtual learning network.

This also means that they should have opportunity to do practical subjects that are not only good for their overall development but also very important for the way the brain specifically develops during this important stage in their lives.

The presence of Art, Drama and Music not only provide more opportunity for being active, but also help children to develop the creative side of their brains and personality. The school is most definitely a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) school.

Most teaching rooms in the south wing have been unassigned but the aim is to keep the youngest years on podium level.

As they get older, they move up floors and begin to share more of the upper school teaching spaces in the north wing. In the Lower School, most children will have all their lessons in the same room. In the Middle and Upper Schools, children will be more mobile, making use of specialist spaces.

We have integrated a number of key departments across the whole school, albeit ensuring that there are some spaces specifically designed for the younger years,

and tried to ensure wherever possible that there is academic relevance in in the actual location of the departments. For example, Art, Design and Technology all occupy the north wing of the school at podium level. This allows for exciting maker-space areas and offers opportunity to use the outside central courtyard if the weather permits. On the level above, we have the science teaching for the whole school, linking with technology, also making exciting use of breakout / maker space areas. The Space Centre will also reach through these departments and across these two floors.

The design includes three social areas (Lower, Middle and Upper), each with adjoining offices.

The Lower School has its own library. The others share a single library. The Sixth Form has a separate private work area for making good use of private study periods (non-taught). This will be a very important feature in presenting the school as a top environment for university preparation. The main library could have been placed below podium level, but it important to put it in a place of prominence, a place where children will want to go. Its spectacular setting, opening to the roof garden, will make it a real attraction. It will also be easily accessed from the Sixth Form study area.

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