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From 1960-1666 I worked for an Architect in the North of England whose main body of work was in designing primary schools. At that time, in the post-war state building boom, the Ministry of Education was justly renowned for its publication of a series of Design Guides for primary schools. The office had several projects going at once and because we were a small firm, I was fortunate enough to be able to be the project architect for three of them. One is shown below. The Holy Family School in Rochdale.

 

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Holy Family Primary School, Rochdale.

 

As a young man, it was a remarkable opportunity to work in a position of responsibility on such large projects. Later, when I eventually went to School of Architecture to complete my training, I was fortunate to be able to design another primary school, at Lord Wandsworth School in Farnham, Hampshire. (below) 

 

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Lord Wandsworth Primary School, Farnham, Hampshire 

 

In both instances, the brief required an analysis of progressive teaching practices and the design of spaces to facilitate these. 

 

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