Winter Paralympian will officially open new Northampton school building in former office block

Abington Vale Primary Stirling Campus, Cliftonville. ENGNNL00120130813190424
Abington Vale Primary Stirling Campus, Cliftonville. ENGNNL00120130813190424
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A new school which was set up in a converted office block will be officially opened by double winter Paralympian Anna Turvey tomorrow, Saturday.

Abington Vale Primary School opened an annexe of the main school at Stirling House on Cliftonville Road in September last year when 30 reception-year children moved in.

The building was designed to use the space creatively and incorporate innovative deisngs.

Headteacher Laura Cichuta said: “The Stirling Campus has been designed without any constraints of walls; it’s an open-plan environment for two or three year groups which means that children can learn at their own pace in stages rather than ages, as is traditionally the case.

“With this model, our teachers have more freedom to be spontaneous and to choose when and how to teach. As they develop their working plans, it enables them to be more creative and less routine-based. This in turn encourages the children to be independent sociable learners who are confident and have high aspirations, rising to challenges,” she added.

The company behind the design was Northamptonshire-based Architectural Practice GSSArchitecture.

Stirling Campus architect and partner at GSSArchitecture, Tom Lyons, said: “As architects we have been developing the concept of delivering new, flexible and inspiring learning spaces in existing buildings for some time, with the Stirling Campus being one of the first completed and operational remodelling projects that GSS have opened in the UK.

“It has been an exciting journey for ourselves, the school and Northamptonshire County Council and it is a pleasure to see new life in an old building and the dynamic and vibrant teaching and learning that it facilitates”.