Oakley Grove All-through School Leamington Spa, UK
Oakley Grove School is a purpose-built ‘all through’ school, catering for the expanding residential developments in Leamington Spa. The new school caters for 1,620 pupils aged 4-18 with community use sports facilities.
To accommodate the expected pupil numbers, an all-through school is required. Arranged in a pavilion typology, the school will include provision for a two-form entry primary school, a six-form entry secondary school with an associated VI form. An Early Years Nursery and Sports Hall, including playing fields and an all-weather floodlit pitch are also provided. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision is attached to both the Secondary and Primary Schools.
Oakley Grove School has been designed with sustainability at its core.
The use of sustainable materials such as timber cladding will promote the lowest amount of CO2 emissions possible, whilst new cycle paths and biodiversity corridors in the surrounding area promote social and environmental sustainability. All the blocks feature flat roofs which provide space for photovoltaic panels, this along with roof mounted air source heat pumps assist the project in delivering Warwickshire County Council’s sustainability policies.
A key driver of the new school is to create community school with facilities available to the local residents. The proposals include a sports hall, playing pitches and a floodlit artificial grass pitch (AGP). In addition to community use of the sports facilities, the proposals also include car parking for visitors to the adjacent Country Park, including several accessible spaces. There will be a clear pedestrian route from the car park to the Country Park via footways along the school access road. This will provide convenient access for visitors to the Country Park whilst ensuring a safe learning environment for pupils.
Previously a greenfield site, a significant level change required remodelling of topography and creative landscaping design to overcome the steep falls.
Construction is due to commence at the end of 2022, with the school due to open for September 2024 intake.