Classrooms designed to educate 60 pupils per space with no desks had to be seen!
The SCF continuously encourages innovation and this Canterbury Mills Primary Academy demonstrates forward thinking and questions design solutions as they have always previously been.
Canterbury Mills rips up the rule book on how to design a primary school and starts again. The two head teachers for this school were very passionate on how they envisaged their design of their school to be. This was an exciting opportunity for the designers to really use their imagination for this two stage design and build brief.
The Academy differentiates itself from the rest by having an open classroom with 60 pupils. The teaching design is not for a teacher to be
standing at the front whilst the pupils sit behind their desks listening to what they are being taught. Instead the pupils are encouraged to use their intuitive on how to find the information out on the topic. Whether it be sitting on an I Pad or finding out from a book, by themselves or in small groups. The classroom is set up to inspire thinking and make learning comfortable and fun. The added benefit of this also is that children requiring additional needs do not feel isolated but included in the set up of the classroom.
The results speak for themselves. Attendance, school reports and the general enthusiasm of the children have all improved dramatically.
Is this the design of schools for the future?