The Scots College Preparatory School, Dolls Point
Acquiring a heritage building in the heart of the inner-south region, The Scots College made their decision to create a new and modern learning environment, within this wonderful site. Bringing to life this old building to the standard that is Scots, was a difficult task but one that was elegantly achieved.
This initial project required 3 unique rooms transformed into functional classrooms conducive to their style of teaching, and a library / common space. Needing to incorporate modern teaching pedagogy whilst maintaining a certain level of explicit teaching, Scots drew on their decades of experience, developing an environment that pushes The Scots College into the future, whilst building on the pedigree that is a Scots Boy.
Partnering closely with Rod Stoddart (Head of the Brighton Preparatory School) and his team, Beparta created a space that facilitated their needs through several design phases and consultation to truly understand their needs. Rod had no desire to acquire products that were trendy, but instead insisted on us learning from each teacher what was most important for them.
Managing the unique classrooms with collaborative and flexible pieces was a balancing act achieved with the help of the teachers. Choosing pieces that match the overall pedagogy of The Scots College, and the functional practices of Rod and his team. Each space was created to provide a breakout space unique to the shape of the classroom, with plentiful learning options for the children to decide on where and how they want to work. Whether that is a standing table, a multipiece or solid-state collaborative piece, or individual desks.
Additionally, their seating solutions match the needs of the children whilst complimenting the newly renovated space- ranging from conventional plastic chairs, high backless stools, to multi-purpose ottomans. These pieces were carefully selected by the teachers with the guidance of our specialised Space Consultant to ensure it benefited all parties.
The Scots College Preparatory School in Dolls Point has now grown in its enrolments and is designing further fit-for-purpose spaces. A simple cookie cutter approach and catalogue purchase has never been considered by Rod. As a result, he has created a space, and a school, that not only facilitates his practices and pedagogy, but one that is flexible in growth.