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MICHAEL FARADAY primary SCHOOL Architect Will Alsop designed Michael Faraday Primary School, an £8 million project, which opened in September 2010. The school draws children from the community in and around the Aylesbury Estate and is rated by Ofsted as outstanding in all areas. Michael Faraday School was the first to benefit from Southwark Schools for the Future, the council’s capital funding programme for its primary schools. Michael Faraday includes a nursery and an after-school play group, along with adult education and community facilities. Extending over 3021sq m, the school is arranged over two floors. With its open plan classrooms and covered external spaces for outdoor learning, the Alsop project has revolutionised the way in which pupils are taught, maintaining small class sizes and facilitating the use of outdoor learning. The school offers several contrasting learning areas to support different methods of teaching. The facility also contains a visual arts centre and a living room studio, which allows for noisy activity to take place without disturbing the rest of the school. The objective was to help to begin a transformation of Southwark, into a place where families want to live, learn and work. The Michael Faraday School project is making a vital contribution towards realising the goal of regenerating this area.


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