Maiden Erlegh School
A high quality internal learning environment over three storeys in a highly energy efficient building
Maiden Erlegh School in Reading is a new free school, set up and operated by the Maiden Erlegh School Trust who operate the existing, local Outstanding Maiden Erlegh School. The new school for 900 11-16 students will follow the successful ethos of the parent school on a new site in central Reading. Funded through the EFA Regional Framework, the new school building is situated on the constrained, sloping site of the former Reading Activity Centre (RAC), adjacent to the recently refurbished and extended University Technical College Reading (UTC), as part of Reading Borough Council’s Crescent Road Educational Campus.
The new building provides 6,800 sq m of high quality internal learning environment over three storeys in a highly energy efficient building surrounded by landscaping which allows the retention of the majority of trees on the site. The accommodation fills the three-storey building, and is arranged with a band of teaching rooms around the perimeter, with the assembly hall central to the building. The open dining area is located at the base of a three-storey stepped void which forms the heart of the school, daylit via high level clerestory windows. This provides natural daylight into the heart of the school plan and allows the flow of air via openable windows and louvres, as part of the natural ventilation strategy. Wide corridors and stairs enable students to move calmly round the building, with good levels of passive supervision provided from offices. A four court sports hall adjoins the main block to the west.
I would like to put on record my sincere thanks to you for all the hard work you kindly invested on our behalf to get the video ‘walk through’ ready. I know how many hours you gave to this and at the weekends. I showed the ‘walk through’ first to the Ofsted inspector during our pre-registration inspection yesterday, then to my trustees and finally to the parents of the 180 year 7 children joining us in September in the evening. It was just the reassurance they needed because they’ve made a leap of faith after all. There was spontaneous applause after I’d shown it – not for me- but for their obvious delight in the design and the impact of it. Parents told me that they felt the project was now real and they had trust in us. Your hard work behind the scenes made a huge impact. Thank you for going the second mile for us.
Peter Thomas, Chief Executive, The Maiden Erlegh Trust