Sharrow Primary School


Sharrow Primary brings an infant and junior school together in a new sustainable building in a deprived area of Sheffield.

The infant school site which is next to a small park, and includes a newly built community arts building, was identified as the best spot for the combined school. In order to accommodate more pupils on site the original school building needed to be demolished and rebuilt.

The new school comprises a 420 place 2 form entry primary school, a 52 place nursery and an additional 30 place early years centre. The adjacent park provides space for sports and other outdoor activities.

The whole school community, including parents and pupils, wanted to create a building that would be an exemplar of sustainable design. This aspiration was enthusiastically endorsed by the project architect who had already designed four schools with a variety of sustainability features.

The participation of the whole school community, including the pupils, was a key feature of the design process and continued into the construction phase with the help of the contractor.

Sharrow Primary School is not only an exemplar of sustainable design, but it is also an excellent example of how a school can be the focus of an inner city community and become a powerful force for its regeneration. The use of the website and a blog to keep everyone informed, including the children, was carried out in a very imaginative way.

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