Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen is housed in a truly fabulous new building that opened its doors to students in September 2013. Key design concepts in the building, such as transparency and flexibility, fully support what we are doing in terms of removing barriers to learning, utilising mobile technology (ipads) and changing the culture. The culture that we are building together is that of a modern, twenty first century learning environment, where 1700 people come to work together, for a common goal, some of whom happen to be adults, and some of whom happen to be young people.
The building itself was designed by Scott Brownrigg and the main construction contractor was Leadbitter. Davis Langdon, Jubb and Arup. The school is, we believe, the first of its kind in the UK to win the much coveted BREEAM outstanding award, issued by the Building Research Establishment, for environmental sustainability.
The sporting facilities are excellent and include a four court Sports Hall, grass rugby andfootball pitches, the latest 3G pitch, another all weather pitch, a Multi Use Games Area as well as tennis courts.
Internally, the school is characterised by the design that allows for passive supervision, maximum visibility, flexibility and the creative use of space. The design provides spaces for individual work, small group work, class groups, and groups of up to 90 students. This flexibility very much supports the concept of mobile learning and access to information to support creativity that is at the heart of the school’s adoption of a 1:1 ipad programme.
To fully appreciate what the design of this world class building enables us to do to remove barriers and improve learning, it is best to visit us. Just call or email to arrange this.