The Wren School setting
We are very privileged to have such a beautiful setting so close to Reading to learn and work in. We have now been in our new buildings for just over a year and September 2019 sees the introduction of our media and music technology suites in addition to opening more classrooms across the school for our latest year 7 intake. The sunken garden provides a beautiful back drop and we are loving our new sports facilities which include a 4G pitch and a multi use games area in addition to the sports hall, dance and fitness studios.
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 Ruhemann Street, through the new residential development on Southcote Lane, although there is also a drop-off zone accessible from the Bath Road and student pedestrian entrances from both Bath Road and Ruhemann Street. 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 education area, the ‘Wren’s Nest’ has access to a separate outdoor space which we have plans to create a sensory court yard garden for those wanting a more chilled out and quiet area to escape to during the day. The restaurant and café caters to a range of students, offering hot, cold, ‘sit down’, ‘grab and go’ and halal options daily.
Within the school, certain facilities are available to the public, including our theatre and drama studio, music practice rooms, restaurant, café, learning resource centre and the beautiful sunken garden, which is used as an amphitheatre for musical and dramatic performances.
The new standalone sports facility includes a large sports hall, dance studio, fitness studio and floodlit 4G football/rugby pitch along with a multi-use games area. These are proving very popular with a variety of local community groups. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in hiring any of our facilities.
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 images from our architects, ECE. They are not intended to be photo realistic, and are for illustrative purposes only.