Soar Valley

Soar Valley Community College

BREEAM Rating Excellent

This 100% new-build project, the largest of the phase 1 schools, opened on the 1 st June 2009.

With the maxim “Enjoy, Aspire, Achieve”, Soar Valley had a strong vision for its School. The feedback from Headteacher Mel Berry regarding the new building has been very positive:

“In our new buildings, we have more than achieved our objectives. On entering the college there is an impressive entrance area that is at the heart of the Building and sets the ‘tone' for the whole of the building.   All curriculum areas have learning spaces that are bright, spacious and offer a first class environment for staff and students.

The ICT infrastructure   and facilities will excite and motivate learners of all abilities and make the concept of ‘anytime learning' a reality; it will also support efficient and effective models of working, helping to reduce bureaucracy.”

The completed School includes:

  • An allotment area, an ecology garden and external teaching areas next to the art rooms
  • Improved and enhanced sporting facilities including a new sports hall, aerobics/dance area and fitness suite
  • Flexible teaching areas
  • Enhanced ICT capabilities

Background:
Soar Valley College is a stimulating, caring 11 -16 community, comprehensive college with 1215 pupils on the roll. The school has a specialism in math's and computing and is situated off Gleneagles Drive.

LMEC have constructed a totally new school of just under 13,300 m² at a value of just under £21m. The new school has been designed to maximise its links with the community, whilst delivering state of the art educational facilities, with sufficient flexibility to keep pace with the needs of modern education.

Construction:

The school is built around a steel frame with concrete floors and standing seam steel roof, with the envelope made up of Trespa panelling and aluminium windows.

Comments:

Soar Valley principal Mel Berry:

"On entering the college, there is an impressive entrance area that is at the heart of the building and sets the tone for the whole of the building.

"All curriculum areas have learning spaces that are bright, spacious and offer a first class environment for staff and students.

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