5 Schools To Explore

Oct 12, 2018

1. American community school Cobham


The icing on the cake for this build was the final brick during the topping out ceremony, signifying the construction progress of its £15m new boarding house. The topping out ceremony also signifies the boarding house development’s next stage which includes the multi-million pound refurbishment of the existing facilities.

The state-of-the-art, four-floor facility will provide an extra 113 boarding places for students aged 12 to 18 in single and twin en-suite rooms as well as accommodation for staff and a medical centre. With boarders at the heart of this build there will be six common rooms and two quiet areas for socialising, studying and eating, including a cinema-style room, games room and work areas. This new boarding house is designed to feel like a home away from home with these modern amenities. The modern feel is carried through into the triple height atrium extending over three floors, which maximises natural light and space, giving boarders commanding views across the campus and woodlands. The boarding house sits within the school’s 128-acre campus allowing boarders ‘out of hours’ access to the sports, academic, technology and performing arts facilities, including six tennis courts, a 25-metre pool and six-hole golf course. The ACS truly knows how to make boarders feel at home, and perhaps a few won’t want to leave with everything offered at their doorstep.

“This investment reflects our commitment to providing second-to-none facilities and a boarding experience which is ‘home-away-from-home’ for each individual student in our care.”
Mark Venn-Dunn, Head of Boarding
ACS Cobham

This modern project will allow the school to increase its seven and five day boarding options, alongside its flexi-boarding offer, allowing even more boarders to enjoy these incredible facilities.

2. The Cambridge Primary School


The Cambridge Primary School combines innovative architecture with high quality teaching and learning. It will mark a new chapter in the history of Aldershot and EEEA so it is only fitting that the name chosen links to the rich heritage of the town. The £10.6 million school funded by the Ministry of Defence and Grainger, will serve families in the 3,850-home Wellesley development, which is taking shape on the former Aldershot Garrison site.

The designers have created a building that appreciates the natural surroundings and allows light to flow through the building, to enhance the children’s learning experience. With extensive school grounds the children will benefit from a sports field, a hard surface play area and a football pitch. In addition to these great resources children in the early years environment will be able to play in a beautifully constructed playground, aimed at developing their academic, social and spiritual skills.

“We are very pleased that Wellesley’s first school has been named. Schools sit at the heart of a community. We are striving for this to be the case here.”
John Beresford, development director
Grainger, which is leading the Wellesley development

The school will eventually cater for 420 pupils with two classes in each year group. Whilst it will take time for the school to reach its full capacity, the children that will start in the school in September 2018 will experience learning in one of the best school buildings in the country.

3. Kisharon School


ARJ Construction have begun work on the new £12.5 million Kisharon School in Hendon for children with learning difficulties. The charity, which helps children aged 4-19 with complex learning disabilities, said it was thrilled to finally begin work on the project, which is due to be finished in 2020 and will result in new state-of-the-art facilities.

This prestigious project will include indoor and outdoor teaching space with breakout rooms, an Early Years Assessment Unit, a Profound and Multiple learning disability area and an Autistic Zone.

Classrooms will be ambient temperature-controlled to support learning and pupils will have access to multiple therapy rooms, a food technology unit, a multi-purpose school hall and shul, and a hydrotherapy pool.

Last month longstanding chief executive Dr Beverley Jacobson announced that she would be leaving Kisharon to head up Norwood, but is to take part in “one last mad sponsored endurance challenge” to raise £75,000 to endow a classroom in memory of her late father, Dr Bentley Phillips.

When complete, the building will offer bespoke teaching areas for SLD (severe learning difficulties) ASD (Autistic spectrum disorders) and PMLD (profound multiple learning disorder) pupils. Truly an all-inclusive school aimed at providing an education for everyone.

4. Mill chase academy


Relocating Mill Chase Academy to new, contemporary facilities, with the capacity to accommodate a growing school community, has been a central part of the Whitehill and Bordon regeneration plan. With Kier heading up this £30 million construction of the brand new 900-place secondary school buildings for Mill Chase Academy in Bordon.

As well as a broad and diverse range of teaching and learning spaces, the new school will incorporate improved sports facilities: including a flood-lit, all weather pitch and six indoor badminton courts.

"2017 was a year of great progress with the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon. Relocating Mill Chase Academy to new, contemporary facilities, with the capacity to accommodate a growing school community, has been a central part of the regeneration plan, and I look forward to watching it take shape over the next 18 months."
Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member
Education at Hampshire County Council

The architecture of the build relates to the mature woodland context and generally flat site, the school has been designed as a rational, collegiate campus with four separate buildings ordered to create a central courtyard which is intended to act as a social and teaching hub for the school’s community. The wider site has been designed and configured to meet the challenging requirements of a contemporary 900-place secondary school, whilst in keeping with the community of Whitehill and Bordon.

5. Western Expansion Secondary School


With planning approval awarded start of august and work headed up by Graham construction in November, this school marks another cornerstone of the wider western expansion development in Milton Keynes.

The 12-form entry school will cater for part of the new wider Western Expansion development in Milton Keynes, broadly known as Whitehouse. With the proposed development offering six new residential neighbourhoods, the new school will provide 1,800 secondary places. Currently an existing Greenfield site, the new design will comprise a 3-storey high “superblock” with a similar height sports hall building.

The intention of the proposal is to provide suitable accommodation which is designed with the quality of both care and teaching in mind, and GNA are delighted to be involved with such an important scheme for Milton Keynes.