Kent County Council
- BCSE Best of British Schools Awards, Shortlisted for the Test of Time Award, 2012
- Civic Trust Mention, 2009
- BCSE Industry Award for best extension, refurbishment of a school, 2009
The building provides accommodation for students with profound, severe and complex needs. The exterior facades are designed to provoke a secure, but welcoming shell. Once inside the building, the environment becomes softer, more transparent and sympathetic, culminating in the central soft courtyard heart of the building. Given that a student may spend their entire educational life at the school, a sense of progression through the key stages is essential. As the age of the student increases, the spaces they inhabit become more mature. Externally, the master planning has redefined the hierarchy of pedestrian and vehicles and has created varied stimulating spaces that help define external play and learning, an essential part of the SEN curriculum.
Photography by Dennis Gilbert/View