One of the North East’s leading Academies gets new development and wellbeing spaces thanks to the Dulux Trade team and its Smarter Spaces initiative.
Freeborough Academy in Brotton, near Redcar has over 800 pupils aged 11-16, as well as a Sixth Form Centre. The Academy is a leader in innovative design and has already overhauled its Sixth Form and a small atrium in the the main academy to improve pupils’ learning experiences.
After the success of these projects, Freeborough turned its attention to areas of the academy that sat unused, with the aim of reimagining two former classrooms to support students who face additional challenges.
Two cramped classroom spaces had proved problematic as they were originally designed for project-based work with the idea that teachers would choose to dip in and out of using them. As a result, they were too small for a class of 30 and were made even less appealing by dark green and orange paint work and overly harsh lighting. There was a clear lack of ownership of the rooms, resulting in them ending up as unloved dumping grounds.