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Carlton Community College


Location Client Cost Completion
Barnsley, UK Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council £28m 2010

Project details

The building uses its steeply sloping site to full potential, minimising the impact on its greenfield location

From the street the school appears as a single storey building, once inside it opens in scale and cascades down opening up to the playing fields beyond.

Five learning fingers are arranged around a central heartspace, which houses the school’s communal activities and resources.


  • provide a transformational learning environment capable of adapting to meet future changes
  • integration with landscape and outdoor teaching spaces, sustainability, inclusiveness, community use, passive supervision and minimising the potential for bullying were key requirements


  • first school to complete as part of Barnsley’s Building Schools for the Future programme
  • a legible building promoting a sense of safety and security
  • shortlisted for a RIBA Award 2011

Integrated services

architecture, civil & structural engineering, environmental engineering