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WREN School, Reading

Together with Kier, ECE has developed a scheme for The West Reading Education Network (WREN) School on the former Elvian School site at Bath Road in Reading.

WREN School is a mainstream secondary free school, offering a broad curriculum and innovative teaching in a supportive, modern and attractive environment, with wrap around care from 8am to 6pm.

Plans for the main school building, designed over 4 floors, focus on the central atrium where students will eat their meals, gather socially and for group study as part of the wrap around care. The scheme encompasses 62 classrooms, an assembly hall, drama and dance studios, office space and an inclusion suite aptly named ‘The Wren’s Nest’.

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Legacy landscape features are incorporated into the design including a sunken garden that will be transformed into a nature learning area. In addition, the school will have a four court Sport England sports hall with fitness studio, an outdoor pitch and a multi-use games area.

The school has been in operation in temporary accommodation at the Elvian School site since September 2015. Construction started on site in March 2017 and the new school is set to open its doors in September 2018.