Monday, 08 August 2022

Award for new school sixth form

A GIRLS’ school in Caversham has won an award for its new multi-million pound sixth form centre.

Queen Anne’s School in Henley Road received the TES Independent Schools Award for “outstanding post-16 innovative provision”.

The £4 million centre, called The Space, was designed by Lewandowski Architects and opened in September.

It is equipped with a digital library, “breakout centres”, study pods, segmented tables and chairs and write-on projectable wallpapers, among other innovations.

Julia Harrington, headmistress of the independent school, said: “Our new building gives students the opportunity to take control of their own learning and to use the technologies that best suit them.

“We asked Lewandowski Architects to look at furniture design, spatial planning and architectural design as well as new technologies and also ran competitions within the school for the girls to come up with themes for the breakout centres.”

The centre was designed to fulfil the philosophy of the school’s Braincando project, which promotes the principle that understanding the function and development of the brain is of the utmost importance in education.

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