Just to be aware....
Microsoft UK Schools News Blog : Fun with Pictures
The one of the prison seems to be lighter and brighter.
If the one on the left is indeed a BSF school.......then i quite like it. Nice clean design, looks solid striaght out of Porridge. Good stuff....what are you all whining about.....preparing our kids for a life penned up in a two bed barrat rabbit hutch or doing bird at her majesty's pleasure......very realistic and much better than all that open plan cr*p.
Last edited by torledo; 14th November 2008 at 07:55 PM.
This he had to submit on the next working day (measured in Botswana time).
The request was duly processed by a team of engineers over the next 36 hours... oooppps, sorry, days. Each engineer being on a salary of 3 times that of the caretaker.
Eventually he got permission to flick the trip switch back on, only to find that there had been a general election in the meantime and his new school would be moving back into it's old premises so the new one could become a prison.
tech_guy (17th November 2008)
Just to keep the fun going, here's another prison-related thought (and related blog post)
According to the Council of Europe, in order to avoid torture or degrading treatment, prisoners must be given 8.5 square metres of cell space per prisoner
According to BB98 (the building guidance for schools, which many BSF suppliers are working to), schools should provide 4 square metres of teaching space per pupil.
(This 4m2 per pupil increases to 6m2 if you include other space, such as school hall, sporting buildings and the staff room)
Neither of these are mandatory - it appears that according to the Council of Europe, we don't build cells big enough.
And the DCSF have been keen to point out to BSF builders that BB98 is only guidance - they can build however they want, and allocate as much space as they can afford to pupils.
However, I'm not sure if the message re BB98 has reached builders widely - anybody know?
Isn't the net for the prison, to stop criminals throwing things during lock-downs/riots?
In a planning meeting with the architects I once suggested that the most effective way of designing a school would be to built a 'shed' (DIY superstore type building) where internal walls & services could be re-deployed as the curriculum needs changed. The architects response was "it wouldn't look pretty & we wouldn't get any awards....."
I heard of one school where part of a building linking two classroom blocks is being demolished and replaced with an open covered walkway as this saves 'footprint' to be used elsewhere in the rebuild.....
Last edited by broc; 17th November 2008 at 11:16 AM.
They have obviously taken a nto from the Simpson. No-one ever seen the episode where the shcool is used to house convicts? Use the same design for both prison and school and they become "multi-purpose workspaces". & then if the school fails with minimum building work the site can be converted
All seems sensible to me.
Natural light is fine... in theory, it depends upon how it is delivered...
We have a so-called 21st century classroom, built 5 years ago. It has so much natural light that you cannot use an Interactive whiteboard or projector. The building is aligned east/west, so at certain times of the year when the sun is low you are blinded. It has a 'natural' ventilation system, and electric underfloor heating. It takes the heating 2 days to get the building comfortable .... shame the weather is not so predictable & of course its tough in winter when the heating is turned off over the weekend and does not get turned back on until Monday am. As for cooling during the summer, forget it, the pathetic roof venting system means everyone bakes.... you have to open the fire doors otherwise the kids faint...
We have other parts of the school (15-20 years old) with lots of natural light too. On a sunny day you cannot see their IWBs either.
Of course, we can expect the BSF architects to have learned from previous mistakes can't we?
Netman (17th November 2008)
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