St Mary’s has now reopened as the UK’s greenest primary school.

See our amazing new school below.

St Mary’s is the country’s first biophilic school and has been built as part of a pilot project by the Department for Education. 

Biophilic design focuses on connecting those inside with nature, with the goal of promoting physical and mental health. 

The school’s original building burnt down in October 2020 and pupils and staff were based at St James’ House, in Mansfield Road, Derby, from April 2021. 

Time Lapse Footage of St Mary’s New Build

St Mary’s New Build News

St Mary’s reopens as UK’s greenest primary school

St Mary’s – set to re-open in December 2023

Pupils tour new build with BBC Radio Derby

Pioneering new eco-build for St Mary’s takes shape

Ground-breaking ceremony and blessing held at new school site

St Mary’s – New School Build

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.

Virtual Tour

Set to be the UK’s first Biophilic school – the main goal of Biophilia is to promote physical and mental health

Aerial View

Design Principles and Concepts

Play and Adventure

Learning within a different range of landscapes

Connecting the buildings with nature

Using natural materials

Multi-sensory experiences

Celebrating the natural world

Creating places of sanctuary