SEMH Schools for DfE
Glendinning House School is a DfE funded school which caters for 120 pupils aged from 7 to 19 with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), including pupils with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), and is located in the small town of Newton Abbot in Devon.
The L-shaped plan wrapping around the central car park enables every inch of external space up to the boundary to be filled with educational opportunities. Outdoor facilities include a horticultural zone with poly tunnel, raised beds and allotment; an animal husbandry zone with pens for pygmy goats, chickens and visiting animals; a dipping pond, forest school, adventure play and games court.
Indoors there are 17 classrooms with Keys Stages 2 and 3 on the ground floor and Key Stage 4 and Post 16 provision on a first floor that exits directly onto the upper site level. Specialist teaching facilities include science, art, food technology and animal husbandry, along with sport, drama and music in the main hall, a dining hall and a central library.
The school was completed at the end of 2020 and opened to pupils at the start of 2021.
north star academy
North Star Academy is located on the former Sea Mills Infant School site in Coombe Dingle, Bristol. It is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and will provide places for 85 students with social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) needs between the ages of 7 to 16 years old. The Academy provides a nurturing environment to help students manage their responses.
The internal and external environment is carefully planned to consider pupils of different ages and their movements around the building. Safety and security are a key consideration with clear sight lines, minimised circulation distances and careful services integration to avoid surface mounted ducting alongside CCTV and access control to minimise risk.
The main two-storey element contains the specialist teaching spaces including hall, food technology, construction skills, science and art, along with the dining facility and administrative functions. On the first floor are classrooms for the older students, whilst the younger students are accommodated in a single storey wing.
Externally, the all-weather pitch, habitat area, games court, classroom teaching, dining and social spaces are arranged to enable easy, separate access for all ages. Routes through the steeply sloping site have been carefully designed to ensure wheelchair accessibility throughout.
Incorporating a school building into the Sea Mills garden suburb conservation area, with its small scale residential development and mature landscaping has required detailed consultation with the planning authority. The result is a building that meets the school’s needs and responds to the special character of the site.
The building is designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
Andy became Education Associate within the practice in 2003. He places a strong emphasis on consultation, believing that engagement with stakeholders maximises the potential value of a project to school and community and can also be an educational, inspiring and enjoyable process in itself. This approach results in buildings that are not only visually and spatially exciting, but also finely tuned to users’ needs and aspirations. As a qualified DQI Facilitator, he also runs independent consultation events on projects designed by others.
Hannah has worked across a range of sectors including a series of leisure projects involving close liaison with Historic England, Natural England and the LPA in a complex site contexts that has included Grade I registered parkland and a series of Grade I and II listed buildings. More recently she has been focused on working with a number of independent schools to develop their briefs and visions, delivering a series of projects including new classroom buildings, sports halls and the re-purposing of existing facilities.