Complete school design online: The rare whole school design example from Notre Dame in Seffield, UK

Earlier today I wrote about open school design and offered a few resources for open source schooling. However, the resources that are most interesting to me as a designer, are those schools and districts that are beginning to share their complete school designs as open resources.

Notre Dame High School, in Sheffield, UK, publishes their complete school design online, including their curriculum structure and policies. It is a rare example of a design that incorporates many of the relevant elements of design in one unifying, clear, and structured design document. I highly encourage school designers to read it and use it as a guide.

The rest of the school’s site is also extremely interesting and worth looking at. They publish guides for parents and students for monthly exams. I’m not sure if this is common practice in the UK, but it certainly not in the States.


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