White Design was commissioned to design a new home for Dartington CE Primary School, near Totnes in Devon by Devon County Council. The building was completed in February 2010 and provides places for 420 pupils.
Early in the design process, White Design organised a series of consultation events to ensure that the new school would fully reflect the aspirations of pupils, teachers and the wider community. The brief reflected the client’s wish to re-create the previously existing pattern of individual classrooms which connect with the landscape, so a school building without corridors became a strong component of the design. Each classroom opens directly into its own landscaped garden, contributing to the idea of an outdoor classroom and learning through play.