a sustainable rebuild that reinvigorated a failing school

St Peter's Catholic Primary School
St Peter's Primary School and Nursery Gloucester

St Peter's is a state school for 420 pupils aged from 4 to 11 and includes a 26-place nursery, which sits adjacent to the main school building.

The existing school was in a poor state of repair when Ofsted gave it ‘Notice to Improve’ in 2010. Our brief was to replace the existing school with a flexible new facility and a fresh philosophy that would inspire young minds. A full consultation process enabled everyone to feel a real sense of ownership and pride in their new building.

The school’s performance rating has since improved to ‘Good’.

Key Information

Sector: Schools

Client: Gloucestershire County Council

Location: Gloucester

Completion: February 2012

Size: 2,608 sqm GIA

A stunning and inspirational school.

Carol Baron, Headteacher

creative curriculum

The new building was intended to enable a more creative curriculum to be delivered, so we designed it to encourage excellence and, ultimately, long-term sustainability.

Following inclusive consultations with the teachers, pupils and funders, we developed a school with a pronounced ecological theme. The resulting building is single storey and organised into three distinct elements. The classrooms are located in the two outer sections with open plan communal and sporting facilities sandwiched between them.

A community facility also encourages visitors and extends the schools reach to the local community.

St Peters


EG Carter & Co Ltd
Project Manager
Rider Levett Bucknall
Structural Engineer
Integral Engineering Design
M&E Engineer
E3 Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect
Churchman Landscape Architects
Fotohaus, Simon Doling

FCBStudios Team Leads


RIBA Regional Award
RIBA Regional Sustainability Award
Gloucester Civic Awards: Best Sustainable Scheme
Gloucester Civic Awards: Best New Building or Extension