Brentwood School has undergone a multi-million-pound transformation of its preparatory school facilities, with hopes to be “the very best prep school” it can be.
The project has taken two years to complete and combines new buildings, refurbished existing buildings and landscapes. The aim was to reorganise the site to improve movement and connectivity across the campus.
Features include a ‘Futures Room’ (pictured above), which the school said is “a place for experimentation” in subjects like design, IT, maths and science. A special lighting rig gives different options in terms of technology, backdrops and lights, and there is a built-in green screen. The school said it will allow STEAM teachers to engage pupils in more “cross-curricular opportunities”.
There are new specialist classrooms including a music room, science rooms, an IT suite, art loft, design technology room and food technology suite.
Headmaster Jason Whiskerd said: “These facilities are a testament to our ambition and aspiration to be the very best prep school we can be for the pupils, and it is fair to say that I know of no other prep schools who are undertaking such an ambitious and large-scale project at this time. This says a lot about Brentwood and our constant wish to improve and to move forward regardless of the external factors which we are all very much aware of.”
There is also a new hall, dining facility and kitchen, and performance space. Additional features include a new reception area and front of house with enhanced security, a new nursery facility with dedicated outside play space, extended landscaping, social areas and age-dedicated play areas.
Simon Tucker, director at Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture Ltd, said the new buildings are highly insulated and energy efficient using renewable energy sources. The same architects worked on the school’s senior campus previously.