Three Rivers Academy

Three Rivers Academy


The Howard Partnership Trust

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The Brief

A rare example of a new school procured outside of the ESFA contractor framework - we were commissioned to create a “world class learning environment” to inspire 21st Century learning. Through a collaborative engagement process with the end-user client & key design team members, the brief was developed and a new pedagogical approach adopted.


Conceptually, the building form has an almost creature-like configuration; with the 6th Form & Library at the head, specialist teaching rooms & the Mall forming the spine, while the Sports & Drama faculties combine to define the tail end. The articulated pastoral Houses, spring from the body like four separately coloured limbs to define a bold skyline and roofscape.


The spatial arrangement promotes creativity, independent thinking and learning – breaking away from the traditional ‘receiver of knowledge’ mentality. A 160 meter multi-use space, coined by the students as ‘the Mall’ flows through the entire length of the building and is at the heart of the student experience. Open-plan breakout spaces in each House faculty block encourage & facilitate shared learning experiences.

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