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Examining the role of a successfully remodelled school in the wider local community

Examining the role of a successfully remodelled school in the wider local community

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  • First some background – The Community school is located in an area of Luton known as Marsh Farm – a large social housing estate which came to prominence during the ‘riots’ Since then considerable money pumped into the area for regeneration which includes – A rebuilt community Resource centre – café, workshops, walk in health centre, etc which compliments the work going on at the school. This facility within 200m of the school Before rebuilding and remodelling although the community facilities were on site – there was little cohesion – a sort of ad-hoc development approach. The sort of things were – The school had no clearly defined front entrance – indeed the first view of the school that visitors saw were the kitchen waste bins and shabby bike storage The Adult Learning was tucked around the back of the school The youth Centre was on it’s own in it’s own building about 50m away The library was in a time expired (1960’s) shopping centre and restricted in what it could do and the customers it could attract. The Childrens’ Centre will bring together a host of support services which are scattered around the town – mostly in inappropriate buildings for the desired use. The sport’s centre has always been on the site but always seemed to be detached The consrtruction skills academy – an initiative with our Partners – Wates – adds to the community mix/opportunity on site. GO TO NEXT SLIDE TO EXPLAIN HOW THE REMODELLING WORKS –
  • Need to say that the School has always been imaginative and even a bit ‘maverick’ in how it embraces its community – Integrates and actively encourages SCD and mobility impaired pupils Embraces the Vocational curriculum Eager and Positive in exploring new teaching and learning initiatives. The Above Diagram shows – All of the Community Facilities (except Children’s Centre) at the very frontage of the school The Community theatre clearly prominent and pronouncing that the School is a Performing Arts Centre. The Youth – a little further back – by design – but still part of the Community whilst allowing the Young people to have their own entrance and facilities whilst allowing them to use other areas of the Complex – NOTE ( might be useful to elaborate on Youth hubs at all schools) The recreation centre now clearly part of the complex by imaginative landscaping The Childrens Centre – the funding came in later and hence its design had to be incorporated in the scheme – if all funding was available at the same time then a slightly different scheme may have been tabled
  • Previously all these facilities were located at various locations around the Town Wasteful and Inefficient for clients and professionals Now full range of facilities, help, access, opportunities in one location Helps professionals in integrating strategies, diagnosis, care- plans and support in the often complex relationships in respect of the the health and well-being of Children, in a calming and respectful environment for the children, parents and carers
  • At the outset The school decided to dispense with a staff room – staff could meet/integrate in the Atrium with/without students – openness and trust Management team in first floor ‘gallery overlooking the entrance – visible not hidden – able to ‘gauge the moods of the school’, accessible for visitors and helps with security. The main atrium is also the dining hall, - NOTE Just Read and expand from the Slide The Branch library, school library and Childrens library all combined- ICT network – Learning Hub Extended Opening Hours – All want this to be a really vibrant and cohesive place so the community feel free to come and go and use the facilities with as few as restrictions as possible The Theatre will be a major attraction ( Note – Billy Eliot selection and Shakespeare Touring)
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Robert Garwood, Luton Borough Council Robert Garwood, Luton Borough Council Presentation Transcript

  • Luton Building Schools for the Future Tuesday 14 th September 2010 Examining the role of a successfully remodelled school in the wider local community Pip Hesketh – LLCP General Manager Robert Garwood - Project Manager
    • Agenda
    • Case study - Lea Manor High School & Community College
    • A remodelled school that complements other activities of its local community
    • The impact on regeneration, tourism and events
    • The impact on the poorest in our communities?
    • A positive impact?
    • Questions
    • Community Hub ethos-
    • Drive for community inclusion that complements the School’s vision
      • A welcoming reception area with multi-purpose central atrium leading directly to all community facilities;
      • The largest community theatre in Luton
      • A large shared community library/resource centre with cafe
      • An integrated youth facility with multi-agency support accommodation
      • An integrated adult learning facility
      • A children's centre for excellence
      • Extensive sports facilities – all weather pitch, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor sports facilities
      • On-site construction skills academy
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    • Community Hub Example 1 – Children’s Centre for Excellence:
    • The building brings together specialist health facilities
    • Clinical assessment rooms and multi-disciplinary assessment suites with therapeutic activity suites for occupational and physical therapy
    • Counselling and training rooms, a sensory room, family ‘chill out’ rooms and space for social interaction and support
    • A purpose built ‘free flow’ nursery provision, a registered crèche and extensive external space for guided and sensory play
    • Community Hub Example 2 – Central Atrium
    • Reception with the Management Team located here to control and monitor admissions and access to all areas (safeguarding)
    • A school and community social area with café & licensed bar that can be used for a multitude of purposes (gallery, exhibition, performance, recitals, dining, ceremonies, functions, meetings, learning)
    • A central conduit that links and integrates to all other school and community facilities
    • Extended opening hours
    • The impact on regeneration, tourism and events will include the following:
    • Community theatre
    • Community library
    • Community fairs
    • Vocational activities, job fairs and on-site construction skills centre
    • Sport and social activities
    • Well-being and healthy lifestyle
    • Integration with adjacent Community Resource Centre
    • The impact on the poorest in our communities:
    • A sense of civic pride
    • Local and accessible services
    • Leisure and social activities
    • Maximising learning opportunities
    • Support for families
    • Opportunities for training and local employment
    • Widening access to knowledge & information (internet)
    • Benefits –
    • Creating a sense of civic pride
    • Helping to regenerate the local area
    • Improving community cohesion
    • Widening access to learning and training
    • Improving access to services
    • Encouraging a healthy lifestyle
    • Improving social opportunities
    • Apprenticeships and employment linked to project(s)