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