The building was designed to create a physical and metaphysical forest, where the line between the outdoors and the indoors is blurred. There are external columns clad in real tree bark, branch-like timber brise soleil, green and sky blue cladding inspired by leaves in the sunlight and classrooms full of natural light connected by ‘forest clearings’, where trees emerge within central courtyards and avenues.
Within the wider landscape a combination of hard and soft landscape elements complement the built form, allowing the landscape to link in and out of each classroom cluster and offering multiple educational resources.
The grounds include several dedicated forest school areas, including a working farm.
This clever design enables the school to take all aspects of the curriculum outside, almost every day of the year. As Alison Dean, Head of School, said, “Some of the learning that’s gone on outside is what’s most memorable and is what stays with the children”.
Wording by Chris Raven, LTL Accredited Landscape Advisor and Senior Landscape Architect at Atkins
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