Isaac Newton Academy
In Brief



Construction value:

September 2012

This is a very low energy and superinsulated 1,250 place secondary school in Redbridge, which is jointly sponsored by the London Borough of Redbridge and ARK.

The design of the Isaac Newton Academy carefully integrates four separate key stage schools within one larger school. Its specialisms are Maths and Music and the building includes a multiuse dining and performance space with a first floor gallery. 

The concepts of levity and gravity have been used to define the two distinct elements of the building.

The sports accommodation is located within a dramatic sports beam supported on two storey columns which intersects with a three and four storey main wing which contains the teaching accommodation. Courtyards are carved from the brick volume to bring daylight and delight to the circulation spaces.

Selected Awards

2015 Civic Trust Awards: Commendation

2015 Civic Trust Awards: Regional Finalist (Greater London)

2013 RIBA Award: Shortlisted

New London Award: Education: Shortlisted

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"This new school serving Redbridge's richly diverse community pushes the boundaries for environmental school design. Despite its difficult location, the new building is very visible from the road, and has a strong community presence."
Judges comments Civic Trust Awards 2015
"Both staff and pupils are very proud of their new purpose built Academy. One parent, on a tour soon after opening, was heard saying "I can't believe I'm in Ilford!" The building will be an asset for the whole of the Ilford Community."
Rachel Macfarlane Principal, Isaac Newton Academy
" is the most beautiful and modern school that I have ever seen and there are so many opportunities here. I think that everyone will agree with me that they feel very proud about being one of the first 180 students at Isaac Newton Academy"
Rajan Virdee Class 7C, Isaac Newton Academy
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