Jesmond Gardens Primary School in Hartlepool, designed by ADP, has received a Civic Trust Commendation.
ADP designed the 315-place school as part of Hartlepool Borough Council??s Primary Capital Programme. The school breaks away from the traditional ??cells and bells?? approach and is designed around the principles of transformational learning. The approach encourages the use of personalised, independent learning techniques that reflect a child??s stage, rather than age. The design combines intuitive flexible spaces, agile furniture strategies, and state-of-the-art technology to enable pupils to grow in their own way.
The new school represents a shift, too, in local perception, bringing a positive contribution and regenerative element to an otherwise deprived area. Large areas of Hartlepool are very deprived, with seven out of 17 wards in the 10% most deprived nationally. Hartlepool Borough Council??s Primary Strategy for Change aspiration for the Primary Capital Programme was ????to transform the education of children, young people and their families in Hartlepool…?? The Council saw the ??stage not age?? philosophy that underpins Jesmond Gardens Primary School as a key way of achieving this goal.
Photography by Andrew Heptinstall.