A BSF school and community hub
The existing Bognor Regis Community College, a specialist Sports College, dated from the 1930s and covered a split site which was been identified as a major hindrance to improving educational performance. Stride Treglown was appointed for this 1800 place One School Pathfinder project under the former DfES’s Building Schools for the Future initiative. The existing buildings would have needed substantial upgrading and extension to allow the school to effectively deliver the curriculum. The new campus development also offered the opportunity to replace the infant and junior schools, which allowed a new masterplan to be prepared.
The new Regis School and its campus form an essential part of the Bognor Regis community. It expresses, in its form and design, an expectation of the highest levels of aspiration and achievement and facilitates the pursuit of these through spacious, flexible, high specification learning and teaching spaces which are coherently organised, accessible to all, innovative and exciting.
We sought not just to renew a range of classrooms but to create an environment that lifts the spirits as you enter it and says to every learner that they are valued and that we want them to aspire to great things… to be proud to belong and proud to achieve. This is created in physical form by two atriums, fundamental to this philosophy, allowing the Learning Resource and Dining areas to be sited at the base of welcoming, bright, top-lit voids. These open, lofty spaces act as focal points around which the school is arranged, minimising corridors and ensuring highly visible learning across the school.
Significant work has been undertaken by the school in terms of outreach support to local primaries, particularly in relation to their Sports specialism. The desire to build on this to ensure effective primary/ secondary transition support has resulted in a ‘Competency’ curriculum for Year 7 and 8 students being created with an associated cluster of generic learning spaces facilitating many different options of designation and deployment across different subjects. Facilities now available on the site are exemplar both internally and externally. Specialist facilities essential to the progress of the school’s sports specialism have been developed, such as a full height gymnasium to host top level trampolining competitions, an external multipurpose MUGA and ‘the most popular room in the whole school’; the MYO Fitness Suite. This excellent facility enables students to learn about their bodies (both theoretically and practically).
The school’s desire to support its developing personalised learning curriculum has led to the creation of several distinctive areas such as the Product Design barn; a collection of Design Technology rooms, electronics and computer suite of a variety of sizes, grouped together to facilitate multi-age learning across the developing curriculum; and the Art Studio. Located on the top floor with views of the coast and beyond, four art rooms and resource area are to be found in a large single open plan studio allowing a diverse range of creative talent to be unleashed across a variety of ages. This has allowed the teachers to reassess how they teach, what they teach and the way in which they manage the art curriculum, resulting in the same theme being used with all age groups, for both art and photography, but aiming for different outcomes.
More details of the facilities the building provides are shown on the school’s website.
The advent of a stunning new secondary school has been hugely welcomed by our community. Students, parents, carers and community groups have taken every opportunity to view facilities which have taken The Regis School from a split-site setting reliant on buildings dating back to the 1930’s to a bright, dynamic, state-of-the-art learning environment. As well as enhancing student learning it has created opportunities for adults to utilise the facilities and fantastic new technologies.
The new school is complemented by the Arena Sports Centre, the new Southway Primary School, the Arena Skills Centre, the Stepping Stones Day Nursery and our swimming pool. To this will be added a new Youth Centre in 2011. The campus is very much at the hub of the community with over 400 employees and 6,000 users using its facilities every week.
The Regis School reflects the vision of an inspiring learning environment with a library at its heart and a design shaped by its stakeholders. Spirits are lifted by its imposing structure, vibrant colours, flexible learning facilities, and community friendly facilities such as the lecture theatre, dance studio and reception spaces. It sends out a powerful message about the regeneration of Bognor Regis and its aspirations for the young people.
David Jones Headteacher