We’re delighted to share news of our proposed upgrades to Lord Williams’s School, Thame, which forms part of Oxfordshire County Council’s strategic planning to ensure enough secondary school places are available to meet future demand.
Our plans involve significant upgrades to accommodation at the school, resulting in a better-quality learning environment for existing staff and students whilst providing more secondary school places in Thame. The planned expansion would allow for 150 additional pupils, in line with the school’s goal to grow from offering 11 forms of entry to 12 forms of entry from September 2022.
A number of refurbishment works will be taking place at both the Upper and Lower school, in addition to the construction of new high-quality teaching spaces and a state-of-the-art accessible ICT suite, continuing to develop and improve the range of high-quality teaching and learning facilities on offer at the school. These planned improvements have been designed to the highest environmental standards, with an aim of achieving a BREEAM “Excellent” rating by incorporating sustainable technology such as air-source heating and solar cells to generate electricity.
As part of our ongoing commitment to health and wellbeing in design, we have placed a strong emphasis on the inclusion of high-quality, attractive soft and hard landscaping, with new trees being planted and outdoor learning areas taking full advantage of the green space available to the school. The creation of outdoor learning environments can provide positive health benefits, both physically and mentally, to children and is therefore an important aspect of educational estates moving forward.