As children across the country prepare to make a long-awaited return to school, the emphasis on the space available to learn has never been more prominent.
Indeed, the current pandemic has drawn increased attention to the distinct lack of space within educational environments. So much so that many schools aren’t able to confidently guarantee that social distancing can be adhered to.
The fact that class sizes have gradually increased over the years, has only compounded the problem – with many schools not able to fund the necessary expansion. However, without sufficient room to excel, there is no doubt that children’s educational opportunities are being limited.
For those lucky enough to have been allocated budgets for expansion, there are a number of ways that MWA can help in providing children with the space that they need to learn, grow and succeed.
Utilise outdoor space
What some schools lack in room indoors, they certainly make up for with generous outdoor environments! While there is no doubt that these are a valuable asset, planned and managed carefully they can deliver the best of both worlds.
For some settings, an extension to the main school creates the most effective use of space. Whereas, for others, building a self-contained structure elsewhere in the grounds delivers additional capacity, while not impacting on existing play areas.
Make the most of height with a mezzanine floor
Many schools are situated in traditional buildings which benefit from high ceilings. Making the most of this unused space, can create the perfect solution when it comes to creating extra areas to learn.
With the addition of a mezzanine floor, new classrooms can be created – resulting in a more productive and spacious environment for all.
Take it up a level
For some, building a second storey above the existing school could be the answer to creating further area.
Often allowing for a more generous extension, this could be an option for those who are particularly limited from both an indoor and outdoor perspective.
Alter the layout and open up possibilities
For those who do not have the necessary room indoors and are set within a confined plot, improvements to layout can offer a much-needed solution – without the need to extend.
Clever use of space and the creation of more flexible learning areas can make a vast difference. Looking at the flow of the environment is also a fantastic way to ensure that the setting is enjoyed at its full potential.
And this is just what the team delivered at St John’s Infant School!
Education is a priority sector for the team at MWA and we have significant experience of projects in this area. If you’d like to chat to us about what could be possible at your school setting, call a member of the team on 01924 464342 or visit the ‘education’ page on our website.
The architects and builders clearly faced an immense challenge in creating a 21st century library and resource centre that was able to meet the needs of a growing school body, whilst carefully preserving the unique aspects of a historic building valued, not only by the school, but by the wider local community. Their vision and meticulous attention to detail has created a space which continues to impress each and every visitor who sees it for the first time.