Quest Academy, Croydon
Selected by Croydon Council to be the sponsor of Croydon’s sixth academy, the Coloma Convent Girls’ School, brings strength of vision and an outstanding track record of achievement and excellence having been a provider of education in Croydon for 140 years.
The £16m academy provides learning and teaching to 900 secondary age pupils and a sixth form cohort 215 and includes a state-of-the-art theatre, innovative learning areas and hi-tech IT facilities. Combining Monks Hill Sports Centre and a new landscaped green space on the site of the old school, the community is very much engaged with the school.
The design of the school embodies the principles of Wates’ Adapt Schools Solution.
Dispersed in three distinct curriculum wings, the accommodation converges at the building’s ‘heart space’, a three storey circulation hub which portrays the academy in ‘microcosm’. The heart space contains a wide, open staircase, lift and student toilets at each level. This top lit space provides both visual and physical connectivity between the different teaching clusters at all levels of the building and also provides fantastic opportunities for display and information dispersal for students and visitors. The simple and legible layout provides ease of wayfinding for students and also provides staff with ample supervision opportunities, with the whole circulation spaces in the blocks being visible from the central core area.
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