CHRIST THE WORD CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN RHYL IS A NEW BUILD ALL THROUGH-SCHOOL, REPLACING TWO PRE-EXISTING FACILITIES BUILT IN THE 1950S AND 1960S WHICH HAD REACHED THE END OF THEIR SERVICEABLE LIVES. THE NEW SCHOOL ACCOMMODATES 420 PUPILS AGED BETWEEN 3-11 AND 500 PUPILS AGES BETWEEN 11-16. IN SUPPORT OF THE CLIENT'S ASPIRATION FOR A COMMUNITY FOCUSED ENVIRONMENT, A PLAYGROUP IS ALSO INCORPORATED FOR CHILDREN FROM THE AGE OF TWO.
The project was funded by Denbighshire County Council (DCC) and the Welsh Government in partnership, through its 21st Century Schools and Education Programme. It is the first school in Wales to be designed to support the principles of the Donaldson report, enabling ease of transition for pupils through the school years and focusing on greater integration of subject areas to ensure a broad educational experience.
Facilities include a library, design and technology workshops, science labs, sports hall, all weather pitches, a drama studio and two halls. The integrated chapel is open to the general public to promote integration with the local community.
The centrally located library is designed to encourage use through openness and accessibility. Extensive glazing ensures that learning and activity are on show to passers by, emphasising the position of the school in the economic and cultural life of the wider town. While primary school is integrated into the school, it is given some degree of separation by being able to inhabit its own wing.
AHR wins planning at the University of Bath
25 SEPTEMBER 2014