Cullinan Studio lands Southwark School Board | News

Southwark Council has appointed Cullinan Studio to provide a new therapy-focused primary school for pupils with high social, emotional and mental health needs.

The practice will create a new 56-pupil home for Beormund Primary School on the site of the former Bellenden School in Peckham. Beormund is currently based in the borough area, but the council are considering redeveloping the site with a program including around 100 new homes.

Cullinan Studio said students at Beormund are taught in small classes of no more than eight, with teachers seeking to deliver the national curriculum alongside other learning styles and support from a team of therapists.

“Children come in with huge barriers to learning,” the practice said. “They often have difficulty regulating their emotions, processing language and expectations, adhering to social norms, building relationships, and verbalizing what they think and feel; complex emotions that manifest in challenging behaviors.

“Having been excluded from mainstream settings, some often have a disaffection with education, distrust of adults and low self-esteem. Collectively, the school team seeks to empower children to have a positive view of themselves and rekindle their love of learning. »

The practice said Southwark Council’s aspiration was for a school that would inspire and positively influence outcomes, and for an energy-efficient building, maximizing the site’s natural features for energy generation and conservation Resource.

Cullinan Studio said it plans to offer a net-zero carbon program, both in terms of energy consumption and embodied carbon, and will use prefabrication to speed up construction and improve quality.

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