Paddington Academy
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In Brief

Client:
The United Learning Trust

Location:
Paddington

Construction value: 
£24,000,000

Completion:
September 2007

This new City Academy is a co-educational 6-form entry secondary school for 1,175 students. Non-fee paying and managed independently of the Local Educational Authority, the school is sponsored by the United Learning Trust, a subsidiary charity of the Church Schools Company, which is opening a series of Academies across the country.

The building has a strong environmental agenda, with an emphasis on bringing light right into the heart of a deep plan building. The scheme allowed us to explore innovative construction techniques together with a modern interpretation of traditional materials.

The Academy offers specialism in Media and Performing Arts, and Business and Enterprise; while providing excellent sports and IT facilities. The school is fully accessible to the community and open for extended hours.

Due to its independent status, Paddington Academy is not required to adhere to the current national curriculum and aims to develop innovative and creative approaches to both teaching and learning. The school benefits from embracing the cultural, intellectual and religious diversity of the local area.

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