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  • Darlington
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Aerial view of Samuel Laycock school in relation with New Charter Academy Curtain walling and white render facade at Samuel Laycock School Classroom with blue feature wall at Samuel Laycock School Classroom with interactive whiteboard at Samuel Laycock School


Samuel Laycock School is a special school for 100 students aged between 11 and 16 years with moderate learning difficulties (MLD) and autistic spectrum conditions (ASC), which is co-located with the mainstream New Charter Academy also designed by FaulknerBrowns.

The design creates five radiating class bases in a saw tooth arrangement which gives identity to each year group, and connects to key stage home bases which provide informal learning and social spaces arranged around a courtyard.

In turn the home bases connect to a 'boomerang' spine of open specialist learning areas which create an informal learning experience based around thematic project work, providing a transformational learning environment for these vulnerable students

Samuel Laycock School parti diagram