Tormead is a leading independent day school in Guildford, dedicated to delivering unique and innovative education to a range of school years. The school was founded in 1905 with the intention of bringing first-class education to local girls, who were often discouraged from taking part in the schooling system. Due to its history, breaking the mould and paving new ground is crucial to Tormead’s DNA.
Together, we embarked on a visionary journey to reimagine its sixth-form spaces. The vision was clear: fashion a central hub that delicately balances the realms of school and university—an enclave distinct from the rest of the school and yet intricately connected. The directive emphasised creating a relaxed environment conducive to high-calibre learning, focusing on smoothing the transition from sixth form to university.
Throughout this transformative process, the stakeholders emphasised incorporating the students’ voices, who were proactive and articulate in expressing their preferences. Design workshops were integral to this collaborative effort, ensuring that the students’ insights played a central role in shaping the new space and fostering an environment tailored to their needs.
It was crucial that the resulting space met academic requirements and prioritised the students’ well-being by making them feel safe, empowering them with a sense of control, and enhancing their overall understanding of belonging within the school community.