Baseline design: 105 place primary school with a 26 place nursery

Baseline design for a 105 place primary school with a 26 place nursery.



Baseline design for a 105-place school with a 26 place nursery

The design shown is a compact single-storey building for 105 pupils with a 26 place nursery. Key features of the design are that:

  • all classrooms have direct access to the outdoors
  • toilets for the youngest pupils are directly off the classrooms for better staff supervision
  • one toilet is positioned close to one of the main exits allowing it to be reached during breaktimes without going into the main school
  • separate access points around the building ensure there is no congestion at the start and end of the day
  • nursery and reception pupils can enter directly via their coat storage area
  • the reception class is for 15 pupils (some schools may choose to combine reception and nursery classrooms into 1 early years unit)
  • all classrooms are orthogonal, 7.2 metres deep and lit from both sides by daylight
  • roof-lights bring daylight into circulation areas
  • air is drawn across the classrooms and out through high-level windows ensuring good ventilation
  • services and security are zoned to allow for different uses of the school
  • the classroom and administration suites could form a separate block on a school site where the hall is being retained
  • the main reception provides a controlled entry point for visitors with easy access to the hall for after school community events
  • meals are served directly from the kitchen into the hall (a double shutter ensures good sound insulation between the 2 spaces)