Transforming Education in County Durham
inspiredspaces was announced as the chosen partner for the Durham BSF project in August 2009 and is the private sector partner in the Local Education Partnership (LEP) to work alongside Durham County Council and Building Schools for the Future Investments. This partnership will create radically improved school environments and educational climates and through working closely together will facilitate a transformational step change for learners and communities within the County.
The Vision for the Future
Due to age and configuration, current school buildings in County Durham struggle to cope with the needs of 21st century learning and this impacts on the ability to improve education for everyone. All the new and re-modelled buildings we create will be flexible environments which can adapt to future models of curriculum and school organisation.
These schools will be very different from the ones they will replace in order to transform education. They will be light and airy with natural ventilation and will be more accessible by pupils with disabilities. They will be suitable for the delivery of a modern curriculum with spaces which will support and adapt to new ways of teaching and learning, and they will each accommodate new ICT installations and equipment.
We have now completed and handed-over four schools in Durham: Shotton Hall Primary School was completed in September 2010, and Shotton Hall Secondary School, Easington Community Science College and Sedgefield Community College were all successfully handed over in January 2011. St. Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School reached Financial Close in September 2010 and entered the construction phase, with the first new-build element scheduled to be handed over in April 2012 and construction completion scheduled for April 2013.
The partnership is working on the development of further new projects and facilitating the delivery of a wide range of transformation projects across the County Durham school estate.