Kemball SEN School, Stoke on Trent
Concept designer and Lead Architect on site for a 6,200 sq.m new build Special Educational Needs School built under the BSF programme. Kemball specialises in the education of children with a range of complex cognitive needs from severe to profound and multiple learning difficulties (SLD/PMLD), and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The building is designed to accommodate 140 students between the ages of 3 and 19 and will be co-located with the new mainstream Ormiston Academy as part of an overall campus masterplan to promote positive inclusion and partnership.
- Interior Design
- RICS West Midlands 2015 - Design through Innovation
The school aspires to be at the leading edge of technology assisted learning and communication which includes outreach support initiatives, and aims to become a Centre of Excellence. The scheme creates an inspiring and stimulating sensory learning environment centred round the idea of inclusion, achievement, flexibility and creativity.
Key features of the design include; 22 general and 3 specialist teaching classrooms, sensory and soft play rooms, physiotherapy PMLD gym, large multifunctional hall with adjoining music and drama room, Learning Resource Centre, post 16 training flat, medical room, a feature staff admin pod, external sensory adventure play equipment and a specialist hydrotherapy pool for out of hours community use.
The private side of the building is located securely behind this main block in two separate, well-protected, teaching wings to accommodate all the day-to-day teaching spaces. The light and airy classrooms have been designed to offer maximum flexibility with pairs of classrooms arranged around en-suite hygiene facilities with a dedicated quiet room for one to one teaching.
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