Top 10 school building designs for summer 2020

School buildings are places of development and education – buildings where the next generation will learn knowledge and values that shape the future.

With a report in The Guardian suggesting that pupil performance can be improved by up to 25% by well designed classrooms, the school buildings clearly have a direct impact on the aims, objectives and success of a school. If you are looking at the design and functionality of your school buildings it is important that you consider whether the water, electricity and heating systems that you have in place can cope with the building layout and size. You can contact a Cheltenham Boiler Installation company such as or one in your location. This article examines a handful of some of the most influential and outstanding school buildings in the UK.

Hertfordshire Schools

Between 1950 and 1970 there was a shift away from ambitious and unnecessarily ‘fancy’ architecture in buildings designed for social services. Hertfordshire schools from this era reflect that aim. The post war period led to a shortage in building materials and so many of these buildings were made from standardised, pre-fabricated materials to create basic but inspirational, airy school buildings.

Impington Village College, Cambridgeshire

This school reflects what was a new idea for the time in the 1930s – building schools in rural areas that could also serve as a central hub for the whole community. Its understated design and multifucntional elements (such as a hall designed for film screenings as well as school assemblies) made this type of buildings user friendly and invited the communities into them.

Stowe School, Buckinghamshire

Although once a school, this area is now mostly considered as a stately home and doesn’t fit into the category of bespoke education buildings. Still, surrounded by lush gardens, woodland and a gothic temple, this is a superb area for learning through the beauty of the natural world – the concept of which is emerging once more in the form of forest schools.

London School Board Schools

Following the introduction of universal education in 1870, a number of schools were required to meet the demand. E R Robson discovered the concept of using the same overall design and materials to create different buildings to meet the requirements of different areas. Brickwork, loft windows and gables were just a few of the common elements seen in school buildings at this time. A great way of embracing diversity through repetition of design, this model is still widely seen today.

Rugby School Chapel

Nobody could fail to appreciate the breathtaking, gothic beauty of this building, which pays tribute to the culture and heritage of this popular private institution.

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