Sherborne School For Girls Brief
Envoplan completed the renovation of Sherborne Sixth Form Girls’ study space for Upper Sixth. The school needed additional study space due to the increased number of pupils for Sixth Form entry, but the current arrangements didn’t provide adequate room or facilities for the non-boarders.
The area selected for the project is the Tea Crate, a social space located in the basement of the Upper Sixth House. It has the advantage of being connected to the Upper Sixth House, offering a welcoming and private study area. Although autonomous, it will allow the girls to feel included and valued as part of the student body because they are in the same space as the boarding students. Having set a proposed budget to work to, we set about bringing Sherborne School’s vision to life.
Our design approach focused on creating a functional, comfortable, inviting, and aesthetically pleasing space in the Tea Crate. The converted area would be large enough for 20 students, allowing for focused study while also providing ample opportunities for relaxation and socialization. To cater to different activities and needs, the Tea Crate would be divided into two distinct areas: one for work and another for quiet reflection or socializing with friends.
Envoplan wanted to ensure there was minimal disruption to schedules and study times. Therefore, construction work would be conducted at specific times and during holiday periods. The renovation of the Tea Crate would include the installation of bathrooms, showers, and food preparation areas, making it a self-contained study space that can support all the girls’ activities, from A-level preparation to leisure.
The Sixth Form study space was designed with sustainability in mind, utilizing eco-friendly materials such as reclaimed wood, recycled glass, and low VOC paint to reduce environmental impact. Energy-efficient desk and pendant lighting were strategically placed to supplement natural light from windows. The Tea Crate is divided into two sections, creating a sense of privacy with the help of large nooks and vertical panels.
Each student has their own personal study space with a large desk and individual storage areas for organizing study materials. Accessible electrical outlets for laptops and devices ensure uninterrupted study time. The inclusion of a kitchenette with appliances like a microwave and fridge allows students to take breaks without compromising workflow. The contemporary colour palette of grey, white, pale greens, and lighter blues creates a peaceful and appealing atmosphere to maintain focus on studies.
Comfortable seating areas with sofas and chairs provide space for socializing, along with a modern circular pod called ‘The Hive’ for informal crafts or hobbies. Potted plants, artwork, and decorative pieces are strategically placed throughout the Tea Crate to create a fresh and natural feel. The combination of natural and artificial light brightens the space and makes it inviting for students, who appreciate the privacy and functionality of the new study space.
As a result of the Tea Crate refurbishment and modernisation, the Sixth Form students enjoy a peaceful yet autonomous study space that fully preserves their independence. With enough room for study and storage, the girls are able to dedicate themselves to their work and be completely productive in their own professionally designed, custom-created environment.
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