Gorgie Mills is a special needs secondary school that caters for the needs of children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
The building has been tailored to meet the specific requirements of the pupils whose behaviour can at times be extremely challenging.
The design is the culmination of a unique collaboration between Anderson Bell Christie and CEC educationalists.
A series of teaching ‘pods’, made up of two teaching spaces and a shared social area, extend from the main body of the school to enclose individual courtyards which are used exclusively by single class groups.
This approach has considerable advantages in terms of the delivery of learning and teaching, as it minimises movement throughout the school, greatly reduces distraction and allows containment of potentially disruptive behaviour before it spreads to other areas in the school.
Gorgie, Southwest Edinburgh