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CHELTENHAM SECONDARY SCHOOL

  • CHELTENHAM SECONDARY SCHOOL IS DESIGNED TO INSPIRE. HOLDING THE VERY HIGHEST ASPECTS IN ALL AREAS OF SCHOOL LIFE, THE NEW SCHOOL FOR GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ON BEHALF OF THE BALCARRAS ACADEMY TRUST CREATES AN AREA OF EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING WITHIN A BUILDING THAT RESPECTS AND REFLECTS ITS NATURAL SURROUNDINGS.
  • Accomodating 900 pupils aged 11 to 16 within a 6 Form Entry school, Cheltenham Secondary School provides an area of just over 7,900m over two floors.

    Taking reference from one of England’s highest performing comprehensive schools, Balcarras Academy, the school passionately incorporates aspirational design values to create an environment for pupils that will unlock their passion for learning and enable them to reach their potential.

  • The building contains a large 450 seat main hall with raised
    bleacher seating to create a performance space for theatre and
    the arts. Two wings of teaching accommodation surround
    the external courtyard, whilst a four court sports hall with sports
    gallery sits alongside a purpose designed Activity Studio for a full
    range of indoor sporting activities, from badminton to basketball.

    The building is composed of brick and metal cladding and uses
    a rhythm emphasised by its colonnade and controlled window
    patterns to create a building of architectural significance, stating
    its importance to the community whilst remaining respectful to the
    scale of the local residential buildings by sharing a soft and warm
    material palette.
  • Located on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the new school reflects and responds to its surrounding environment, incorporating natural materials, careful massing and sympathetic landscaping.

    The school's outstanding sporting facilities also includes a new all-weather pitch, grass football and rugby pitches, running pitch, cricket wicket and a multi-use games area, which will also be made available outside of school hours for the community to benefit from.

    The project emphasises extensive passive design principles, creating an extremely low-energy build, with the majority of the building naturally ventilated, plus high levels of insulation and an abundance of natural light throughout. Low levels of air infiltration are maintained along with NVHR window mixing boxes and MHVRs to ensure very little energy is lost.

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