Southwark Inclusive Learning Service
Tim Ronalds, Founding Director, Tim Ronalds Architects
Southwark Inclusive Learning Service (SILS 3) is a new 'Pupil Referral Unit' school in Peckham, south London. The 11 to 14-year-old pupils are there for a number of reasons, typically because they have been excluded from, or have not been attending school. The aim of SILS 3 is to reintegrate students back into mainstream school.
In 2016 TRA were commissioned by Southwark Council to design a new building for their SILS3 school which caters for 11-14 year olds. The new building was built in the playground of a children’s home which was unsatisfactory accommodation. The design, which was based on much research, observation and consultation, resulted in a building which was transformational for SILS3. Its warm, light and beautiful spaces created a calm learning environment for the children. ‘The quality of our new building makes, at last, our children feel valued, the Head has said. The building won a RIBA National Award for Architecture and the New London Education Award and the Mayor of London’s Prize in 2022, the Mayor saying the project epitomised, in its inclusivity and diversity, the aspiration of London.
NOT OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND
Kathryn Burns, CEO, Beacon Academy Trust and Executive Principal, Beal High School/Beacon Business Innovation Hub
Our AP 14-19 building intent was always that it should embody the BBIH curriculum and different types of success and should be located at the heart of an exceptional education campus model, not out of sight out of mind.
The BBIH building design declared our high expectations at the outset and has evolved with us and helped shape the educational experience we need to offer our students. AP is a complex service to plan, deliver and get right and should be appropriate not alternative, as well as connected to a student’s whole school experience and an integral part of a wider local education system.