A project for the London Borough of Lambeth, Park Campus was the first PRU to be built in a generation.
The Park Campus houses three different student groups, each with their own specific set of needs. The principal group is the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) of 80 secondary-level students. The second group is the Behavioural Improvement Program (BIP) consisting of 30 students who are on the campus for a short-term basis. The third is the Behaviour Educations Support Team (BEST) that serves as a drop in centre for senior students, parents and the wider community.
Supervision and control of students is an important issue. It was essential that clear sightlines be provided both internally and externally to aid in passive supervision. Externally there are no remote areas where students can loiter unobserved.
We know the importance on stakeholder consultation, particularly on education projects. Our experiences on the Park Campus reinforced this belief, particularly as we developed the brief from first principles. The stakeholders included: Lambeth Children and Young Peoples Service, Planning Department, Park Campus Head teacher, Park Campus Senior Management Team, Park Campus entire faculty, Park Campus selected students, Local residents, Ward councillors, Community leaders, Partnerships for Schools, CABE, Sport England, Football Association (included grant funding), and the Metropolitan Police.
The project has won design awards from the Partnership for Schools (PfS) and from the British Council for School Environments (BCSE), and the project has been published as a case study by PfS.