The completed extension to Thornwell Primary School replaced the infants building which unfortunately burnt down in 2011.
The brief called for the construction of a new infants and nursery facilities, for the 357 place primary school. The single storey extension allows a continual flow from the newly refurbished junior building and the new extension, with on the central axis, a new library is located for the whole school.
Working with the steep ground levels the school now has improved access for all, and houses the school all under one roof, replacing the outlying buildings. With the new extension creating a new welcoming central entrance for the school.
The plaza flow from a central library, each with direct access to the outside. The plaza have been designed with high levels of natural daylight and natural ventilation, creating light and airy spaces.
As with Dewstow Primary and Nursery School and Castle Park Primary School Learning Plaza, Monmouthshire County Council’s approach to education goes beyond the traditional classroom teaching style. The new primary curriculum aims to prepare young people by developing their skills and knowledge through a more interactive and experiential approach to learning.
The learning plazas are flexible, open plan teaching environments, with a variety of activity spaces giving the children the opportunity to learn through a variety of different ways. The design the plazas complement the Foundation phase approach to education, with flexibility, choices, and inside to outside learning.