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Pupils play pivotal design role at new Churchill Academy

A new £1.3m Business Studies and Computing facility at Churchill Academy and Sixth Form has been designed with help from Year 9 pupils

Posted by Julian Owen | May 09, 2018 | Interiors

Pupils at Churchill Academy and Sixth Form in North Somerset were given the chance to be directly involved in designing their new £1.3m Business Studies and Computing facility. They were aided by the Dulux Smarter Spaces initiative in creating an inspiring educational environment.

The completion of the school’s business and computing suite is only the first of a two-phase £5.2m revamp. Bringing brand new facilities for pupils, the project has enabled Churchill Academy to envisage a school “fit for students of the future”, according to headteacher, Chris Hildrew.

Dulux oversaw the internal decoration process of the purpose-built space from conception to completion, which created an additional seven classrooms and three offices. Pupils at the school experienced a bespoke colour training session, which included lessons about the colour wheel, relationships between colours and how colour schemes are created.

Two colour schemes were developed and voted on by pupils at the Academy, with the scheme labelled ‘bright and exciting’ coming out on top. Involving the students in the design process enabled a greater sense of connection between the pupils and their learning environment, and also allowed them to mark their legacy on the school, according to Mr Hildrew.

Dulux Trade’s project lead, Yusuf Alharrari, remarked: “Pupils were involved in the project from start to finish, understanding the entire process before selecting the colour palette for each room. This made the project especially unique since the pupils contributed to every level of the design process.”

Chris Hildrew added: “I’m really thrilled with the end product; it’s spacious, modern and everything we had hoped for. We’re looking forward to phase two, which will see a brand new science and technology building with 12 labs and 2 catering kitchens for our students.”

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