A three phase proposal for an Autism and Aspergers
specialist school

Wargrave House School and College

The Autism & Aspergers specialists

Wargrave House School is a residential school and specialist centre providing education and care services for children and young people with Autism.The school prides itself in providing a positive and nurturing environment in which pupils can develop their confidence and independence whilst becoming participatory members of society.

Since it’s foundation by Bessie Berman in 1971, the school has expanded significantly from the original main house across a range of extensions and permanent and temporary campus buildings. Harrison Stringfellow Architects have been appointed to review the current spatial and organisational strategy facilitating discussions with the teaching and administration staff, to develop a brief that addresses the current and future needs of the school.

Harrison Stringfellow have developed a strategy which rationalises the separate groups of teaching, therapy and residential spaces across the three age groups. Flexibile, multi-use spaces have also been explored to enable the school to adapt to changes in funding and student intake with practicalities such as car parking and safe student pick up/drop off areas considered alongside the wider approach to maximising the quality of space between the buildings.

The three phase proposal aims to evolve Wargrave House School into a centre where the spaces in and between the buildings are the same high quality as the teaching and care provided.  Harrison Stringfellow look forward to continuing our work with the team at Wargrave House.