Devon Batch

  • Location

    North Devon

  • Client

    BAM Construction

    Education Funding Agency

  • Value


  • Completion


  • BREEAM Rating

    Very Good

Two secondary schools as part of the Devon Priority School Building Programme batch

In a team led by BAM Construction, Stride Treglown have designed two secondary schools at South Molton and Ilfracombe as part of the Devon Priority School Building Programme batch. The two schools have provided very different challenges; from a 820 place 11-16 years school on a flat site to a 1200 place 11-18 year school on an steeply sloping, coastal cliff top.

Both sites are situated on the tops of hills in rural settings and are very visible across the surrounding area, so collaborative work between our in-house town planning and landscape teams and local planning authority was essential. The aim was to develop sensitive but contemporary solutions to the school redevelopments. Challenges due to the extreme exposure for both the construction and long term building use were also carefully considered in the design.

Both sites will be redeveloped whilst the existing schools continue to operate. Due to a limited and steep site, a multi-phased project is required to enable continued occupation during construction at Ilfracombe.

Working within the design team, Stride Treglown’s sustainability consultants guided both internal and external teams towards achieving a design BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating for South Molton Community College and a post construction BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating for The Ilfracombe Academy.


We are really excited about the project and looking forward to sharing it with staff, governors and the community- and of course our students.

Sharon Marshall, Head Teacher, Ilfracombe Academy

Ilfracombe Academy

South Molton Community College