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11 Mar 2013

Jesmond Gardens Commended

Jesmond Gardens Primary School in Hartlepool has received a Civic Trust Commendation, it was announced at the Civic Trust Awards Dinner on Saturday. 

The judges commented; ‘"A delightful school that is well ordered, modest and much loved by its children and staff. The building form is coherently and simply designed with good detailing and construction. The school has adopted a no shoes policy which staff believe has led to a calmer, more relaxed attitude, providing a better learning environment and dramatically increased levels of attendance. The school's ultimate aspiration was that the building be the best possible place for children to flourish and be successful lifelong learners ready for their journey into adulthood."

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, one of the first in the world specifically designed around this philosophy. 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.

To find out more about the school, see the project page and the links to the right.