The Wren School opened with 5 classrooms and an administration block in September 2015 (‘Temp 1’) at 61 Bath Road, Reading.
In September 2016, a further phase of temporary buildings (‘Temp 2a’) was opened on what will eventually be our Multi Use Games Area, with 3 double-storied classroom blocks, a double-stored administration block, a school hall and external lockers and bicycle sheds.
By September 2017, this site will have expanded again with ‘Temp 2b’, introducing some GCSE-specialist classrooms such as food technology and science. At this stage, we have been informed that we will be the largest temporary school in the country!
In September 2018, we will move into a unique, purpose-built school, designed to accommodate 1126 students. The site provides a beautiful backdrop of established trees and parkland for the permanent school buildings and facilities that have received full planning permission and funding from the government.
The Wren team envisages an exceptional secondary school, with a modern, attractive environment that encourages and facilitates learning. We have designed a 21st century school that will be equipped with high quality resources (in particular ICT) that enhance learning and offers full accessibility to all resources for our students. The main school building is set out as two interlocking L-shaped buildings arranged around a central courtyard. Main access to the entrance plaza is on the new ‘Elvian Way’, through the residential development on Southcote Lane, although there will also be a drop-off zone accessible from the Bath Road. The building has four storeys on the western ‘L’ with three storeys on the eastern ‘L’.
Right at the top of the school, level with the tree canopies, you will find our spacious and well-equipped art and technology department, maximising the natural light. Our dedicated sixth form space has study areas, social spaces and access to the business suites, opening to students in 2020. Our specialist inclusion area, the ‘Wren’s Nest’ has access to a separate outdoor space, which will also house our accessible allotments. Dining rooms will cater to a range of students, offering hot, cold, ‘sit down’, ‘grab and go’ and halal options.
Within the school, certain facilities will be available to the public, including our hall and drama studio, music practice rooms, our dining rooms, learning resource centre (library) and the beautiful sunken garden, which will be used as an amphitheatre for musical and dramatic performances.
The new standalone sports facility, built before the main school, will include a large sports hall, dance studio, fitness studio and (once the temporary buildings have gone) floodlit football/rugby pitch, and all will be available for community hire.
Whilst the original Victorian Elvian buildings were sadly not in a feasible state to be renovated and used in a modern setting, the school has taken every opportunity to reclaim features from the buildings which we intend to incorporate into the new build, to recognise the historical importance of education of this site.
These are some recent images from our architects, ECE. They are not intended to be photo realistic, and are for illustrative purposes only.
These are for illustrative purposes only. Originals can be viewed at the school, in reception.
First and Second Floor