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Streethay Primary School

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Supporting a new community

Built as part of the Roman Heights housing development, this primary school provides additional school places to support the expansion of Streethay on the edge of Lichfield, with potential for future expansion. Miller Homes, as part of their agreement (Section 106) with the Staffordshire County Council, provided facilities to support the new community.

A single-storey development accommodates the school, housing ten spacious classrooms to teach over 230 pupils and helps to provide an additional 30 nursery places. Set within subtle landscaped grounds, outdoor facilities include play areas, a football pitch, and a multi-use games area.

The site was greenfield with a long history of agricultural use. As such, the concept was to provide a contemporary barn-like composition in an L plan made up of three distinct elements, representing the different Key Stages of education, and the hall space. This approach was reinforced through vernacular architecture, with teaching spaces dressed in Staffordshire blue brick and the hall and entrance dressed in a standing seam metal, drawing on the agricultural palette of materials. The inclusion of a subtle green colouring distinguished feature architectural elements.

The Shaw Education Trust was appointed sponsor to manage the school, which opened on time and within budget.