Try Before You Buy: Time to Move In
Pupils and teachers have been at the heart of a project creating a working exhibition space in Campbeltown Grammar exploring new ways of learning.
Working with Argyll and Bute Council, Architecture and Design Scotland organised a programme of participation workshops for teachers and pupils to explore innovative interior design techniques to create new educational settings for the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence.
The Try Before You Buy Exhibition has now been built in the existing school to the brief developed by the pupils and teachers. Classes will soon be working in the space and will be asked to assess its ability to encourage and enable different styles of teaching, active learning and group work. It will be a living and evolving exhibition space enabling experimentation with interior design settings in the context of the new curriculum.
There have been a number of suppliers who have kindly assisted in the delivery of the exhibition, offering materials and furniture to create this learning space. Lessons learnt from this project will inform the design of the new Campbeltown Grammar due to be completed in the next few years.
Here are some of the initial reactions from teachers on seeing the new space:
“The room looks fantastic. The feeling of “newness” will be exciting and generate enthusiasm for both teachers and pupils. I’m thinking about my teaching methods right now and they will need to be adapted to such a room.”
“It had a wow factor! Brilliant, how schools should look!”
“Bright, light open. Liked the blue walls. Wondered what it would be like with lots of activity in it.”
There has also been some caution about using a completely different learning space with larger numbers of students at one time. A+DS is developing a moving-in pack to support teachers in the early stages of using the room, and are conducting on-going evaluation of the exhibition space over the coming months.
Lessons learnt from these new settings will inform not only the design of the new school but illustrate new possibilities for the wider school estate in Scotland.