Landscape and architecture by Stride Treglown
This school is one of many we have designed with Persimmon Homes to satisfy obligations under Section 106 agreements for the provision of primary school as part of housing developments. This school is the 7th iteration of our design. While recognisable as our model school, it has been tailored to suit the site context and school priorities. In this version, the school hall has been rotated to present an imposing face to the public realm of the neighbourhood square. A colonnade alongside the hall draws visitors to the school’s main entrance. The hall also features slot windows arranged in the form of a cross, reflecting the Christian ethics of the school and its managers, Oxford Diocese.
Staff have advised that the environment has had a noticeably positive effect on the children’s behaviour and learning when compared to their previous school. In particular, they enjoy high levels of natural light provided though generous window areas, the high internal volumes provided through raking internal ceilings and the level of visibility through the school between teaching spaces and the internal concourse. The neighbourhood square was designed by our landscape architects and forms the centrepiece for the Jennett’s Park development.