Case Studies of Award Winning Schools

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Kingsland Primary School and Colmonell Primary School are two award winning primary schools in Scotland. Here are case studies looking at their design features and key lessons.

Kingsland Primary School

Kingsland is a 400 pupil school on the edge of Peebles, in the Scottish Borders. It is on a prominent site at the edge of the town, overlooking the hills and valley below. The case study looks at some of the key design successes of the school – including the use of double-spaced classrooms, natural light and access to the outdoors, and the way materials and colours have been used to make the interior space feel light and bright.

For more information, read the case study.


Colmonell Primary School

Colmonell is a small school of less than 50 pupils, and sits in a rural village in South Ayrshire. It was completed in 2011. A key success of the project was the good communication and engagement between the community, school and council.

The case study also looks at some of the key challenges of designing a small school. It’s not about designing a room for twenty-five eight year-olds, it’s about designing a space that allows for different activities to take place for the different ages and stages of the learner.

For more information, read the case study.

To view a short video about what the pupil’s think of their new school, click here

Photos: © Paul Zanre (Kingsland Primary School)


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