This award-winning school was five years in the making and boasts some of the most high-tech features of any school in the country.

Its approach aims to equip students for the real world. In the first two years of school, about 50 per cent of students’ time is spent learning a skills-based curriculum in classrooms designed to resemble the workplace.

Under its unique “four in one” approach, the 1400-strong school is divided into four smaller schools. The World school specialises in the humanities and foreign languages, Performance in PE, Dance, Music, Drama and Media and Trade in a large number of vocational subjects plus Technology and Art and Design. The fourth school, Horizon, is a small school for children with Autism.

The school includes a full-size running track, a sports hall the size of four badminton courts, extensive IT facilities, drama studios, a car workshop and a beauty salon.

State-of-the-art eco-features include a natural ventilation system, plenty of green, open spaces and allotments and the whole project was carbon neutral.

During construction, the project was nominated for Excellence in the BSF Awards Entry: Most Versatile Learning Environment.

Winner – ACE Engineering Excellence 2012


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