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Herefordshire schools scoop prizes at 2012 school buildings awards

Whitecross Hereford High School has scooped first prize in the Test of time (education) category at the 2012 British Council for School Environments (BCSE) awards for best practice in UK design and construction of schools. 

Staunton-on-Wye Primary School scooped highly commended in the Excellence in design – new build (primary) category, and also won a badge for outdoor learning.

Designed by Haverstock Associates (Whitecross) and Architype (Staunton), the schools were two of many from around the country which vied for top slots at the annual awards, held in central London on Thursday June 21st.  Entries were received from architects, contractors, suppliers, local authorities and schools themselves for submission across key areas of the design and construction of schools. 

Commenting on the awards, Nusrat Faizullah, chief executive of the BCSE, said:

“Whitecross High and Staunton-on-Wye Primary are amongst the best of our schools – those which have buildings that meet the needs of our teachers and children.

“As well as highlighting excellence, these awards are a big ‘thank you’ to all those helping to improve our schools.”

More details on the awards, including judging criteria and details of all the winners, are available from