Dulux Trade gives Bourne Abbey C of E Primary School a new lease of life

One of the largest primary schools in Lincolnshire has been given a makeover thanks to the Dulux Trade team and its Smarter Spaces initiative.

Over the summer holidays, 45 rooms were painted using Dulux Trade at Bourne Abbey Church of England Primary Academy in Bourne, Lincolnshire. The school has over 700 pupils, making it one of the largest primary schools in the county. The overall budget for the project was £120,000, but the cost for decoration alone was £45,000.

Sarah Moore, executive head at the trust, had previously used the design services at Dulux Trade for another primary school refurbishment, as part of the initial Smarter Spaces campaign. They were so impressed with the results, they wanted to follow the same process at Bourne Abbey.

A mix of the Diamond Eggshell and Diamond Matt formulations were used, as durability was key in such a busy school. The majority of the ceilings were tiled and therefore did not need to be painted.

Lisa Pilley, one of the Dulux Trade team of colour consultants, designed colour schemes for the school by taking into consideration: the age of the pupils, how the various spaces were to be used and how best to use colour to add to the learning environment.

Naturally with a project of this scale, a key challenge was undertaking the work within the summer term break. Therefore, the project refurbishment plan was successfully negotiated so that work could be completed over the summer and autumn term breaks.

Sarah, said: “Since we’ve had the fabulous decoration it has really inspired creativity and definitely enhanced our learning environment and the children’s work also.”

Sarah has also expressed an interest in bringing Dulux Trade in to support on the redecoration of another school which will be part of the trust from this academic year.

The Smarter Spaces initiative aims to help teachers and children thrive through the power of their school environment, by enabling schools to design their environments to support better teaching and learning. Teachers and children are involved in design, so they take more pride in their school, as well as the community – including small businesses and charities – so more people have a stake in their local school.

Marketing manager contractor specifier, Paul Fleming, said: “Our team of specification experts are working with schools across the country to help them to extract greater value from their maintenance budgets. The fundamentals such as offering maximum durability and protection are obviously factored into our specifications, but we know that design can go much further, so we use our evidence-based design principles to align with the schools specific teaching and learning objectives.

“We are championing occupant and outcome-centred specification within the education sector, which means that effectively for every £1 spent on refurbing a school from their maintenance budget, the school can be confident that they are investing this spend to positively impact school performance. For example, our Smarter Spaces Education design principles include a set of guidance and design applications that can help children to have higher levels of concentration, simply by carefully applying insights into how light and colour can how children work in a space.

“Our Smarter Spaces Schools Colour & Design case studies report undertaken in conjunction with the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT), revealed that following our design input and redecoration implementation, teachers were able to incorporate a variety of lesson and teaching formats within previously neglected and unloved spaces. In addition, those zones in the school transformed into high demand, multi-use, vibrant and vital resources. The study also revealed that the 9 schools that we have worked with achieved encouraging shifts in both student engagement and behaviours.”

To read more about the SSAT and Schools’ Smarter Spaces finding, download the report here.