Monday, July 16, 2007

Where should Kirkwall Grammar School go?

I believe that if a new KGS is to be built, it should be on the sports fields adjacent to the existing school, and that there is plenty of room to accommodate a spacious modern building demonstrating best practice, without significant disruption during building. Building a community school in this location will enhance the amenity of the area and the town, and retaining the KGS sports centre will maintain rather than diminish the provision of facilities to the wider community, and offer best value to the Schools Estate project.

The Orkney Today allowed me to argue this case in their 12/7/07 edition, and the full version of the piece I submitted can be viewed here (pdf, 287 kB).

The version reproduced in the paper omitted my carefully researched references for reasons of space, but they are listed below:

References

[1] Falkirk Council Community Schools 2008 Design Workshop- click here

[2] More than just a place to learn- design guidance for new schools- click here

[3] Balfron High School PFI Project Full Business Case - click here

[4] The Orkney Local Plan, p118- Policy LP/S3 re. retaining and improving existing recreational facilities

[5] The Orkney Local Plan p122- Policy LP/S5 re. educational facilities designed and located for maximum convenience, and incorporation of community facilities.

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1 comment:

Russell said...

In my personal opinion the new school should be rebuilt at its present site. I hope that when we speak about schools for the 21st century we mean that and allow flexibility for change.
It is what we do in the school that is possibly more important and with the $100 laptop now available, we need wireless networking with the filtering controlled at school or class level.
A few sites worth looking at
http://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/building_schools/index.htm
http://olliebray.typepad.com/olliebraycom/school_design/index.html