Since the earthquakes in 2010/11 West Spreydon School had many meetings, inspections and discussions as to the state of the school and its future. In 2017 discussions began on the overall vision for the school, presented as an education brief. Fulton Ross Team Architects was appointed by The Ministry of Education to work with the school in realising this brief. Speaking of Team Architects, the school noted they were “thrilled that the head of the company has been a board member of one of our Kahukura Schools and the architect we work with is a parent in a local school that has just been rebuilt.”
The plans for the school include a focus on creating spaces which enhance learning experiences for the teachers and children. The design incorporates research on attachment and developmental theory ensuring a strong focus on the importance of the teacher’s relationship with the child.
The spaces within the design include shared teaching spaces with a kitchen/science benches/ wet area attached to each teaching space, and ability to isolate areas and expand as required for different teaching. The design further includes library/community space, offices, meeting rooms, outside amphitheatre, and teacher work spaces. Each learning space includes break out spaces allowing varying learning group sizes. Flexibility, here playing an important part in keeping up with the 21st century learners. The plans are staged and cover 20 years of development, however with the majority of the build in stage 1.
The school and Team Architects are excited to see the design progress through to the next stage. You can read more about this journey on the Schools website here >>>