The additional classroom space
at Whaddon Church of England
School in Milton Keynes shows
how a practical solution to the
rise in pupils can simultaneously
offer extra benefi ts, such as free
access to outdoor areas, hi-tech
educational aids and a pleasant,
light and airy learning space.
This fl exible modular classroom at Montbelle Primary School in London currently acts as a break-out
room for children with special needs, doubling as a meeting room out of hours. It has been deliberately
designed to adapt to the changing needs of the school, so that it will continue to be a valuable space into
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Every school is different, and so their specifi c
space requirements will vary from institution
to institution. Whatever the school’s needs,
modular buildings can be deployed to meet
them, whether that involves moving a class or
year group into a new outdoor classroom or
using the extra space for a particular function or
subject. Possibilities include:
• Creating extra classroom space, with easy access
to the school grounds for outdoor learning.
Modular school buildings can incorporate
large, folding doors leading on to sheltered
outdoor spaces to encourage free movement
between the indoor and outdoor areas.
• School meeting rooms. Having a private space
that is separate from the main school building
makes this a popular and suitable function for
• Staff space. With the ever-increasing amount of
paperwork required of teachers, it’s important
to provide somewhere suitable for staff to
spend doing their planning and preparation.
• Music facilities. Separate classrooms with
excellent soundproofi ng are ideal candidates for
both peripatetic and class music lessons.
• Multifunctional buildings whose function can
change depending on the timetable. Modular
buildings can be designed with fl exible features,
allowing classes to alter the layout of the room
to suit their needs. This is especially valuable
for schools that are short on space.
• Movable classrooms, built on plinths with the
potential to be dismantled and reconstructed in
another location if needed. This is a big advantage
for schools considering relocation in the future.
A modular future?
With the use of modular buildings in the
education sector growing rapidly, it’s obviously
an option that makes practical sense for schools.
Is this the face of the future, or will modular
classrooms fall out of favour, to be replaced with
alternative accommodation solutions?
The unrivalled fl exibility and cash savings
offered by modular classrooms means they have
an advantage that is diffi cult to beat. They can
meet and adapt to the changing needs of the
education sector, providing fl exible solutions and
offering signifi cant cost savings in a cash-strapped
sector. For that reason, it’s likely that modular
buildings will remain a popular choice for school
administrators in years to come.