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Kenilworth School and Sixth Form

Warwickshire's largest education campus

The new Kenilworth Secondary School and Sixth Form is a key part of the town’s expansion and combines three separate school sites into one, thus forming one of the largest schools in Warwickshire and providing 2,400 pupil places.

The school presents a strong civic presence to the community, incorporating a colonnade to celebrate the principal entrance into the building. This frontage houses the long gallery and accommodates the main entrance, supporting hall and community facilities. This gallery connects to five wings, each providing access to individual departments celebrating their subjects. The five fingered winged plan creates four distinct open-end courtyards which effectively bring the landscape into the school, providing a strong link to the outside environment. These courtyards offer generous pupil movement and external teaching and social uses. This approach incorporates biophilic design principles supporting the well-being of teachers and pupils.

The design was the result of a positive engagement process with the Governors, Senior Leadership Team, teachers, pupils, and the community. Evidencing this is our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. With sustainability as a priority, our design team worked to create a structure that the students could take pride in. It is a testament to the building that students from Kenilworth eagerly volunteered to present the project to the planning committee. We are immensely pleased to have developed a project that the students wholeheartedly support and advocate for. Prioritising their values and embodying the culture of the school into our design has created a truly unique environment for the students.

The £45 million development has now been completed and will be open for the 2023 academic year.


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals were weaved into our approach, with sustainability forming an integral influence on how the school is managed. This ethos is encouraged with the pupils, who have formed environmental steering groups which has resulted in their close involvement with the scheme, even going so far as presenting the scheme to the planning committee.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Kenilworth Secondary School