A virtual visit to Calthorpe Park School, Fleet

Bringing new energy to an existing school

May 18 2017

Calthorpe Park School

This established secondary school was expanding with 300 additional pupil places. Our brief was to add 14 new general teaching spaces, a new assembly hall, a Learning Resource Centre (library) and a new visitor entrance, as well as refurbishing existing specialist teaching areas.

During early dialogue with the school the need for a civilising courtyard space was identified. On an already tight site we boldly created a new ‘quad’ for the school. It immediately became a great hit with the students as a place to socialise, be seen and hang out.

The wings of the L-shaped new building form two sides of the new courtyard and are built with a steel frame expressed into the court as external walkways. These wings have a hard brick outer shell and a raw and edgy internal feel. The more permeable inside edges to the courtyard have a soft and transparent lining of timber and glass.

Martin Amos, Head Teacher reflects that:

the courtyard…
has become a focal point in the school

See it for yourself, in our film about the school’s transformation.