Forest Way SEN School | Leicester
Forest Way School won The Times 'Best New Build Primary School' 2009, and features a number of innovations.
We worked closely with staff and students to make the most of a spectacular setting, at 200m above sea level in the National Forest. A large amount of tree planting around the site reinforces this woodland setting creating a series of innovative spaces for outdoor learning and play.
Art plays a vital role in the creation of interesting spaces both within the building and throughout the school grounds. We engaged artists, that worked with in a range of mediums (metal, stone, timber), to create themed artworks that add visual and tactile interest to the school environment.
An innovative SuDS solution utilising rainwater harvesting, vegetated swales and a wetland basin deals with surface water. The basin being rich in wildlife and accessible by the children to be used as an exciting learning resource. Forest Way features as a CIRIA Susdrain case study.
We are excited to be continuing to work with the school as they approach academy status to further improve their impressive landscape and develop the 'Outdoor Learning Environment', further information on this is available in a separate project profile.