The Lower School Building
The Lower School building opened in September 2016 for the new term to welcome the first cohort of Year 7 pupils. These pictures show the Hart-Smith building, named in honour of a former and much-loved Headmaster of the College. The photos below and on the Welcome from the Headmaster page show how the building has been brought to life with the addition of our new Third Form pupils.
The College was commended in the 2016 Education Business Award in the School Building category, which is judged on the school that has provided what is judged to be the most technically advanced building constructed for the purpose of teaching current and future pupils. The College has invested £3million in the conversion of existing staff accommodation in North Lodge into a state-of-the-art Lower School, whilst retaining its original character so that it sits comfortably alongside the College's still red brick Victorian estate.
The Lower School's interior design was informed by extensive research across a range of disciplines, from colour psychology and biometrics to educational psychology. Attention to detail shaped everything from the bespoke, colour-coded chairs and desks to USB charging stations in lockers to ensure that pupils' tablets, which work with the building's integral WiFi network, can be safely stored and charged.
Designed to enable pupils to be creative, meditative or collaborative, it contains a dedicated 'screen free' Reading Room and also facilitates less formal lessons. The external fabric of the building has also been upgraded to become extremely energy efficient, complying with the College's commitments to reduce its impact upon the environment.