New buildings at the RSA Academy in Tipton, West Midlands, by John McAslan & Partners have opened their doors to pupils.
The £25 million project comprises three new buildings, reflecting the different teaching schools, connected by a glazed central spine and separated by landscaped courtyards.
Wide balconies surround each building, allowing for external circulation and leaving more inside space for large ICT and wi-fi enabled classrooms. In addition, the building frontage is wrapped in a planted screen which will eventually cover the facades in climbers and plants.
Academy principal Michael Gernon said: “We are delighted with the completed academy buildings, and the school’s opening is an extremely proud moment for students and staff.”
The RSA Academy in Tipton first opened in September 2008. It aims to help regenerate the local area by providing young people with opportunities for “educational achievement and the acquisition of real world skills”.
The Academy Trust and governing body are chaired by Mike Tomlinson, ex UK Chief Inspector of Schools.
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