Robert Blake & Elmwood School - Bridgwater


One of the two new school developments in the Somerset BSF, in Bridgwater, the design challenge was to co-locate two schools onto one site with shared facilities. We created a strong framework to the masterplan to ensure both Robert Blake School and Elmwood Special Needs School were fully integrated into one site by retaining the natural features of the parkland site and the influence of the local countryside.

The children at Robert Blake enjoy the outdoors and the teaching staff encouraged us to maximise the outdoor spaces with a strong emphasis on linking internal and external teaching giving the school site a highly legible structure and opportunities for outdoor curriculum, community and social activities.

Photography by John Seaman Photography

Key Features

  • Outdoor classrooms
  • Areas for growing
  • Sustainable urban drainage
  • Spaces for children with learning difficulties