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Writhlington School

Radstock, UK

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project overview

A contemporary secondary school design to better prepare students for the future

We designed and delivered the new replacement school for Writhlington and the working campus masterplan to support the school’s aspirations of delivering high-quality education in a modern facility.

The masterplan incorporates the new Writhlington School, a 14-19 applied learning centre, enhanced tennis facilities, New Orchid Propagation Greenhouses, a refurbished community learning centre and a new site maintenance manager’s house.

The school is designed around dedicated learning zones, each with its own distinct identity and character, which surround a large, open communal space.

The most prominent of the learning zones is the Business and Enterprise Zone, the school’s specialist subject, which sits just left of the entrance, catching people’s attention as they arrive into the school.

The overall design of the school gives the effect of a contemporary building, which is visually similar to a modern office or research building.

This supports the overall ethos and culture of the school as a business and enterprise centre of excellence, supporting students for their future working lives and becoming articulate, confident, and adaptable individuals.

AHR has delivered a campus which truly reflects the teaching and learning vision we have for our school. Walking around the buildings you can clearly see the school’s Vision Statement reflected in all aspects of the design. Staff, students and members of the community who are working here can truly say this building is fit for the 21st Century.”

Marie Getheridge

Head Teacher, Writhlington Business and Enterprise Academy

key information

Project summary


Radstock, BA3 3NQ


Bath & North East Somerset Council






11,200 m2


14 - 19 applied learning centre
Tennis facilities
New Orchid Propagation Greenhouses
Refurbished community learning centre
New site maintenance manager’s house


Winner - Best UK Secondary School, BCSE Best of British Schools Awards, 2012


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