Chalk Hill SEN School is to become a co-educational school accommodating pupils from 8-14 with particular provision for pupils who have been permanently excluded or are at risk of permanent exclusion from mainstream schools.
The design response to the unique site is to create 2 curved blocks which intentionally face south which will bring natural daylight, ventilation and nature into the teaching and residential accommodation. The space between the two blocks would be a high quality landscaped courtyard area which would enable outdoor learning, quiet study and contemplative spaces within the school.
The playground has been relocated to a larger multi-use games area within the school playing field, which accommodates the increase in pupil numbers.
The new accommodation consists of:
The new building is primarily two-storeys in height with a combination of pitched and flat roofs and the building follows the natural curvature of the site. The pitched roof will allow back lighting and ventilation to the first-floor classrooms and bedroom spaces. The classrooms and residential accommodation purposefully faces landscaped areas and the mature woodland setting.