Nailsea School was re-built in 2009 and the architects worked hard in consultation with staff and students to create a bright, modern centre of learning.
Many of the classrooms and staff bases have glass walls creating a sense of openness and visibility. The design is based on an arc which means navigation around the school is easy, and colour coded areas help identify subject areas.
There are very few corners around the building, a design aspect suggested by students to prevent bullying so there are no hidden areas, likewise the toilets are open plan and unisex, so unlike many schools they don’t become social areas.
Classrooms include traditional spaces with desks and a whiteboard, textiles, art studios, as well as other more specialist facilities, such as the large industrial training kitchens.
There is a large Sports Hall which can accommodate, athletics, ball sports, gymnastics and trampolining, and it’s often used for end of term assemblies, accommodating the whole school.
There is also a fully equipped dance studio, a fantastic space with a mirrored wall and dance bar. There are changing rooms and shower facilities in the Sports Hall area.
The school boasts a sports field with running track, and jumping area.
There are two hard courts, or Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), which are set up for tennis/netball.
In addition to the MUGAs there is a fully floodlit, 4G pitch which can be used for Hockey or Football.
The school has its own nature reserve area, complete with fire pit and raised beds for planting. This area is used for teaching Forest school principles, and includes a pond area and picnic seating.
The Auditorium is a large flat open space with tiered seating which can be pushed back to the wall, there is a technician’s booth behind the auditorium where the lighting and sound can be adjusted to meet the needs of the theatre space. The Auditorium has a projector and sound facilities, as well as curtains for performances within the stage area.
The music department has sound-proofed pods enabling students to practice. There are also up to date recording and sound engineering facilities within the music department as well as a wide range of instruments for loan.
The art department boasts three art studios plus a photography suite with dark room facilities. One of the studios is equipped with a kiln for firing student clay works. The Media department has a TV green screen and access to a radio station, which is used by students throughout the term for their radio station ‘Nailsea Live’.
In addition to the traditional Science classrooms there are two Science Super-Labs. The Super labs are two double height spaces especially equipped for scientific experiments and each having a giant periodic table on the front wall.
The Green Lecture Theatre is a large open space with moveable tiered seating, it has IT projection facilities, and at the front space there are gas taps and a water supply for giving scientific demonstrations.
Students can benefit from three catering service points, including the main cafeteria, situated just beyond the Atrium, where a variety of hot meals and snack are served.
The Media Café, which sells a variety of sandwiches and cakes, is at the top of the Media steps, above the main cafeteria, and the Juice Bar is the location for take away Pasta and curry.
Students can eat either their plated meals, take away food or sandwiches in any of these locations, as well in the café-style seating in the Atrium, and on the picnic tables within the school grounds. Students are not permitted to eat in classrooms.
The D&T areas of the school are fortunate to house some of the latest technology in engineering, manufacturing and design. Specialist facilities include 3D printing and glass making, sewing machines as well as numerous tools, such as laser cutters for wood, metal and acrylic work, whilst for catering, classrooms allow students to experience cooking in both a domestic and a commercial kitchen. The D&T ICT suites hosts design making software such as CAD, and graphic design packages such as Photoshop and In-Design.
There are number of ICT suites across the school site, including iMacs for use in the Media, Photography and Music departments. The main ICT suite is often used as a classroom as well as a cover suite, where projects can be set for independent working.
The Library contains a vast library of both popular fiction, classics and reference books.
Students often use the space as an extension to their classroom and at lunch and break times, many students congregate to read or join in with organised activities, such as the games club.
Green technology has been developed throughout the school.
The main heating source is through a biomass boiler, there is sensor lighting as well as solar panels to heat water and provide electricity for external lighting. The toilets even use recycled greywater!
The school’s carbon footprint is improving year on year and we recycle throughout the school.
Click here to learn more about sustainability at Nailsea School.
Our sister company ‘The Link’ a registered charity works as a community link, hiring the facilities to community groups, clubs and the general public.
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