Sarah Bonnell School, Stratford is Highly Commended in BCSE Awards 2011


Sarah Bonnell School, Stratford has been highly commended in the BCSE Best of British Schools Awards 2011 for the 'Healthy Schools Award - Excellence in the provision of Dining or Outdoor Play Facilities' category.

The awards, now in their fourth year, promote excellence in the thinking and design of education facilities in all UK schools.

The school, which was highly commended alongside Willow Tree Primary School, Salford was also shortlisted for the 'Excellence in Design For Teaching & Learning: Refurbishment (Large Scale Projects)' category.

As part of the successful Newham Learning Partnership team, Scott Brownrigg’s design for the new school has been heavily influenced by the dominant form of the Edwardian Board School building and the very cramped nature of the site.  The new design not only unites the disparate buildings on the site, but provides high quality external spaces for social and sports uses.

Working closely with educationalists and ICT partners, Scott Brownrigg reorganised the layout of the whole school and used the new build to create a spacious heart from which radiates the various learning communities.  A major driver in the design solution for the school was to create a dining facility that would rival many commercial restaurants. Scott Brownrigg placed the restaurant in the original Arts building and designed a glazed extension, creating a very light and airy atmosphere which links to the new Sarah Bonnell garden.  It was important to make the dining experience a very positive and exciting one, with themes of healthy eating, fresh contemporary colours, colour coded menus and a variety of seating styles developed to suit the girls social needs.

In addition, Scott Brownrigg's design for St Bartholomew's School, Berkshire was shortlisted for 'Excellence in Design For Teaching & Learning: Secondary'.