Foundation stage classroom at St Mary's CE Infant School, Witney

Jessop and Cook Architects, Witney, 2013


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  • Timber Clad Covered Play Area    
  • St Mary    
  • St Mary    
  • Raised play stage    
  • Main Classroom    
  • Main classroom    
  • Extruded Windows in secret garden    
  • High level windows     
  • St Mary    
  • Rubber play space and covered deck    
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Foundation stage classroom, additional teaching space and associated facilities

The project sought to replace the St Mary's CE infant school's 1940's canteen with a contemporary stand alone foundation stage classroom following an Ofstead report which failed the existing facilities.

Whilst located within a conservation area where coursed rubble stonework is the primary building material, the new classroom is constructed using steel portal frames, rustic buff brickwork and timber cladding to provide the contemporary nature called for by the brief.

The scheme consists of three offset elements which reflect the form and multiple pitched roofs of the main school, break up the linear aspect of the site and create an enclosed secret garden. The project has provided the school with a new foundation stage classroom with direct access to a covered external play area, disabled toilet and shower facilities and an additional teaching space.


  • Begun: Aug 2012
  • Completed: Feb 2013
  • Floor area: 110m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £247,438
  • Tender date: Jan 2012
  • Procurement: (JCT ICD 2011) Intermediate Buildimng Contract with contractors design portion 2011
  • Address: St Mary's CE Infant school, 19 Church Green, Witney, OX28 4AZ, United Kingdom

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