St Mary’s CE Infant School Classroom – Oxfordshire

St Mary’s Infant CE School Foundation Stage Classroom, Oxfordshire Teaching Space, Education Design

St Mary’s CE Infant School Classroom

Church Green Witney Building, England, UK – design by Jessop and Cook Architects

1 Oct 2013

St Mary’s Infant CE School Building

St Mary’s Infant CE School New Foundation Stage Classroom

Design: Jessop and Cook Architects

In 2010 St Mary’s CE Infant school’s existing foundation stage classroom were deemed undersized and unsatisfactory.

Situated to the rear of the school and within the conservation area of Church Green Witney, the scheme consisted of the replacement of a 1940’s canteen with a contemporary foundation stage teaching space.

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photographs : Nikhilesh Haval

Following selection through an invitation only tender process Jessop and Cook worked closely with the school to develop designs for the scheme. The brief called for a stand alone foundation stage classroom which complemented the existing building whilst developing an identity of its own.

Following public consultation on the initial designs and a subsequent change of proposed materials we gained full planning permission for the proposals.

The final scheme consists of three offset elements. They reflects the form and multiple pitched roofs of the main school in a playful manner to break up the linear aspect of the site and create an enclosed secret garden. The three elements consisted of the buff brick main classroom, the additional teaching space and amenities, and the cedar clad external covered play area accessed by a set of bi-fold doors to link the class and play space.

Internally the main teaching space provides a light and airy environment created by the multiple roof-lights, strip windows along the south elevation and large high-level windows which all help to capture light throughout the day. It offers a variety of spaces through the use of extruded window bays and a raised play area to create an engaging environment for the children.

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photographs : Nikhilesh Haval

St Mary’s Infant CE School Foundation Stage Classroom – Building Information

Architect: Jessop and Cook Architects
Project complete: Feb 2013
Photographer: Nikhilesh Haval
Location: Church Green Witney, Oxfordshire, southern England

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