Nether Hall School Leicester, UK
Nether Hall school was one in a series of schools with a combined value of £90 million designed by Corstorphine & Wright for Leicester Miller Education Company under its £300m Building School for the Future (BSF) programme.
Nether Hall is a small Special Educational Needs (SEN) school, which caters for pupils 5-19 years.
The existing site was considered unsuitable for a modern special school. So using BSF funding, a replacement school was built for 80 students, co-located on the same site as the existing Hamilton Community College. This co-location drives efficiencies by allowing key facilities to be shared between Nether Hall and Hamilton, as well as being made available to the local community.
Along with flexible teaching spaces, facilities at Nether Hall include a therapy pool, a music and drama room, kitchens, a communal dining hall, a common room, laundry room and mobility stores close to the PMLD classrooms.
The building is located entirely at ground floor level and simply arranged in clusters that reflect the key stages of education that are taught at the school.
Each Key Stage has a combination of PMLD and SLD class bases, together with appropriate resources, break out rooms and support facilities. The layout supports the management structure of the school and allows for the creation of simple wayfinding and identities for each of the Key Stage zones.
A central courtyard, shared between the schools, lies at the centre of the development, which can be accessed from the specialist teaching and community focused facilities to ingrate indoor and outdoor learning experiences.
To meet particular SEN requirements the Nether Hall school building incorporates a mechanical ventilation plant to assist the natural ventilation strategy for the general teaching spaces.