On 27th July we were given the keys to our brand new, purpose-built school, designed to accommodate 1,176 students. Furniture has been moved in, ICT is up and working, and now the building is being deep-cleaned and “snagged”. All is on track to welcome teaching staff from 3rd September, student inductions from 6th September, with term starting in earnest on 10th September. Please see the floor plans of the new building below. Students might like to print off a copy to familiarise themselves in the first weeks.
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 Ruhemann Street, 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 onto a sensory court yard garden. The restaurant and café 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 theatre and drama studio, music practice rooms, our restaurant, café, learning resource centre and the beautiful sunken garden, which will be used as an amphitheatre for musical and dramatic performances.
The new standalone sports facility will include a large sports hall, dance studio, fitness studio and floodlit 4G football/rugby pitch (from January 2019), 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 images from our architects, ECE. They are not intended to be photo realistic, and are for illustrative purposes only.