King’s Oak Academy, Bristol

We designed King’s Oak Academy, a new two form entry primary academy for 420 pupils aged between 4 and 11 years old. 


The school is built within the site boundaries of the existing secondary academy to create a unified campus. At the heart of the school’s vision is the belief that children’s experiential learning is preferential to corridor space. This has translated into clear open spaces flooded with north-facing daylight and finished in natural materials.


The design enables the realisation of the potential of foundation age learners’ and teachers’ creativity by blurring artificial classroom boundaries. All pupils have direct access to external spaces that are clearly defined and segregated for foundation and key stages 1 and 2 pupils.