Space utilisation

space utilisation

Space within a school should used to a maximum to enable resource use to be more efficient.  This can be implemented in a number of ways:

  • Space segregation can enable parts of the school to be open to other stakeholders:
    1. either during school time when public access can be  limited to particular spaces;
    2. during out of school hours when access can be limited to particular areas of the building.
  • Longer opening times means more efficient use of resources.
  • Adaptable spaces with equipment and furniture which can be moved around, provide flexibility of use and the potential for shared spaces for out of class working e.g science labs with moveable benches which can be easily adapted for general teaching or meeting rooms.

By combining smaller schools onto one larger site or including community facilities within a school, provides opportunities for reduction in transport miles for deliveries and for the “school run”. Energy use associated with kitchens can also be optimised by rationalisation. Overall this can result in increased integration of a school with the local community and an overall reduction of carbon emissions.

However, there is a need to consider the impact of closing such schools in small villages which can leave a lack of community spirit and identity. Pupils may also need to travel longer distances to get to school resulting in more pupils travelling by motorised transport increasing carbon emissions.

What should I do?

Consider opportunities for flexible spaces.

WLGA - CLILC Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru / Welsh Assembly Government