We won a national competition and a brand new classroom worth £100k!

Our children entered classroom designs into the competition Refurb or Rebuild LIVE! The national competition was set up to inspire children’s interest in design and architecture, and to encourage creativity in these areas. The winning designs, some inspired by the schools relationship with Totnes’ Transition Town movement, beat off competition from over 400 schools.  Park School was one of only four primary school finalists invited to take part in the exciting last stage of the competition held at The London Design Centre in Islington last week.

On the competition day, pupils, staff and a parent from Park School were again challenged to design a more comprehensive learning resource centre. The four children from Park, aged 9 -11, showed confidence and stamina spending a whole day producing a “blue sky” design that embraced sustainability and extended the relationship with the extensive school grounds.

At the end of the day a panel of industry experts crowned Park as the overall winner of the competition and won a £100k classroom.

Park School Teacher in Charge, Amanda Bellamy said “I am so proud that on the big day the Park team showed their characteristic creativity and with great resilience and determination, built on the original ideas of all of our children that had got us to the finals. We were already delighted that the competition had inspired and empowered them. Actually winning the new classroom is beyond our wildest dreams and will be an amazing addition to our school.”

Park pupil Rose, aged ten, said “When they started to announce the results I was terrified even though I believed in my heart that we would win. When we came back to school the next day a special school meeting was held so we could share our experience and celebrate with the whole school. Everyone was ecstatic.”