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The Nethergate Special School caters for pupils of ages 5 to 16 with moderate learning difficulties. The existing main school building dates from 1963 and has been extended several times since its construction. With pupil numbers increasing to 70, and 8 classes having to find space within the 7 existing classrooms, the school was in desperate need of refurbishment and extension.
The current school buildings sit as pavilions within the green parkland setting along Swansdown Drive. The school prides itself on a whole-school family ethos. The new building aims to maintain the close-knit feel whilst providing vital additional area to ensure the school continues to cater for the needs of the students and wider community.
The main aims of the project were to:
The early design work created 2 additional classrooms within the existing main school building, providing a run of Key Stage 2 and 3 class bases and opening out to the more private school gardens at the rear of the site. Key Stage 4 was provided with a separate hub at the front of the site in a more adult environment. A second existing building was converted into dedicated specialist teaching spaces with separate gardens and outdoor teaching space. To the front of the school an extension now provides staff accommodation, a new entrance and a whole school assembly space. This new extension forms the third side of a landscaped entrance courtyard onto which the 'whole school' spaces open, providing outdoor teaching, performance and social gathering space.