Gilbert-Scott’s tacit re-design brief for St Andrew’s Church, Bradfield, in the late 1840s just prior to the College’s existence, will have been to create a space that honoured something that went beyond the material and the physical and that chimed with the institution’s beliefs and interpretation of something more existential. Our plans today are premised on a similar responsibility albeit guided by a different mission. So much more than a beautiful, contemporary building design, St Andrew’s is a concept.
PEN AND PAD WILL REIGN JUST AS MUCH AS THE UBIQUITOUS WI-FI.
St Andrew’s is squarely a teaching and learning project; a reflection of Bradfield’s curriculum and a manifestation of what we see as our responsibility to prepare our pupils to study and work in the 21st century. St Andrew’s will have books – over 11,000 books – but will not be a library; it will have spaces that can be booked by teachers but where the teacher will merely be the facilitator not the ‘sage on the stage’. It will offer coffee and refreshments but will not be a refectory; it will have a hum of industry and collaboration but also space for silence and independent work. Pen and pad will reign just as much as the ubiquitous Wi-Fi.
A BLEND OF SPACES WHERE EACH SUPPORTS A DIFFERENT TYPE OF INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP WORK.
Corporate and commercial practices, in the context of the pandemic of the past two years, have shone the brightest of lights on this project and its importance for the College in terms of the pupils’ experience. ‘Blended’ and ‘flexible’ are the operative words: St Andrew’s is not a single environment but a blend of spaces where each supports a different type of individual or group work for over 160 pupils. The ‘boardroom’ will allow for discussion and debate whilst the ‘think tank’ offers a tiered seating forum for our pupils to present, whether that be A Level pupils and their work for the Extended Project Qualification or elements of the IB Diploma Programme such as the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.