Great interior design challenge for Somerset students
A new £1.3m Business Studies and Computing facility at Churchill Academy & Sixth Form in North Somerset has been designed with help from pupils
Posted by Julian Owen | May 15, 2018 | Facilities & buildings
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A group of year 9s at North Somerset's Churchill Academy & Sixth Form have been given the chance to be directly involved in the interior design of its new Business Studies and Computing suite.

The completion of the facility is the first of a two phase £5.2m revamp, and has created an additional seven classrooms and three offices. It has also enabled the Academy to envisage a school “fit for students of the future”, according to Headteacher Chris Hildrew.

Part of the Dulux Smarter Spaces initiative, the paint company oversaw the internal decoration process of the purpose-built space from conception to completion. Pupils experienced a bespoke colour training session, which included lessons about the colour wheel, relationships between colours and how colour schemes are created.

"The completion of the facility is the first of a two phase £5.2m revamp, and has created an additional seven classrooms and three offices."

Two colour schemes were developed and voted on by pupils, 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. Upon completion of the project, the school received a visit from Lewis, the latest incarnation of the Dulux dog.

Dulux Trade’s project lead, Yusuf Alharrari, said: “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.”

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

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