Northampton Academy is a new-build 1,420 pupil secondary school on the site of an existing upper school, with specialisms in Sport, Business and Enterprise. The aim of the school was to deliver an extended school agenda, providing both curricular and extra-curricular facilities for the pupils and wider community.
We wanted to create a visually permeable environment with an emphasis on clear and effective circulation. Linked pavilions follow a subtle non-orthogonal geometry around a sloping central courtyard, providing a social focus for the internal school community. The interaction of primary spaces, circulatory routes and views out to the surrounding landscape across changing levels, creates a stimulating and dynamic character to the heart of the school.