The Initial Concept
Our building will be the country’s first biophilic school, meaning it will be close to nature and its design is focused around plants and wildlife. The building will consist of a primary school and nursery and will be single-storey, made up of a series of pavilions arranged along a central canopy.
In the design, each age group – early years, infants and juniors – had a practical shared learning resource space. In addition, there is an entrance building featuring offices, the hall, chapel and communal areas which are deliberately connected to outdoor spaces.
We are excited that the site will improve pupils’ academic, social, emotional and spiritual outcomes, as well as giving pupils and staff a sense of place and belonging.
Multiple studies have shown that biophilic designs can significantly improve the physical and mental health of building users, namely pupils, staff and visitors.
This is hugely exciting for the whole community and complements Pope Francis’ important messages urging world leaders to take ‘radical’ climate action.