Towers Junior School is a two-form-entry primary school serving 240 pupils. Our approach focused on an adaptable, flexible development, rather than the provision of extra area to the undersized classrooms. By opening up the existing shared areas we created two transparent heart spaces, each linking four classrooms. Pupils are briefed in the classrooms, and then can break into smaller groups using the class and the heart as their teaching environment. Each heart includes ICT space, a presentation space, a science space, a wet area, a resource area and small group spaces.
The school suffered from a lack of identity, particularly in the sense of arrival. The new forecourt encourages visitors onto the site, providing a pleasant and relaxed gathering space for parents. Emphasis was placed on welcoming and secure facilities that may be used by the community during and after school hours, such as a large studio with changing facilities, servery
and toilets, without free access to the remainder of the school.
With a dynamic headteacher at the helm, the school enthusiastically explored how to teach and learn in more appropriate ways in the 21st century.
The project won a BCSE Award in 2011.