Hellerup School was built in 2001. It has learning home zones instead of classrooms. Each learning zone is a home base for 3-4 classes. The learning zones are shared with the pedagogs who take the after school programme. The building is multi storey with connecting areas utilised for learning. Internal timber cladding is a feature and gives a warm feeling with lots of natural light. The library zone is central on the ground floor. The library or information centre is central on the ground floor, creating a welcome through zone for the learning community and with high visibility from every floor.
There are around 100 students per learning hub with about 4 teachers plus support staff. The design incorporates lots of breakout spaces including:
· rooms within rooms
· Mountain tops
· Breakout spaces
· Specific areas for art / science
· Physical activity encouraged eg climbing walls / table tennis inside buidling
The staffroom is a particularly impressive. It is an open comfortable space which encourages staff to relax in a
informal atmosphere. I think it is important for staff to have their own space to take a break from the business of
the learning zones - and good to give something back to staff to appreciate the work they do.