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About the Client

Oakfield Preparatory School is an independent co-educational preparatory school for boys and girls aged two to 11 years old. It has been part of the fabric of Dulwich, London for over 130 years and blends traditional values with the best of modern curriculum.

School science classroom design with circuit board flooring School science classroom design with circuit board flooring

School Interior Design Brief

As Oakfield School is part of the Educational Development Trust, our project and design teams worked closely with both parties to achieve the classroom refurbishment remit. This comprised re-designing several classrooms to ensure they were suitable for their dedicated subjects, such as art and science. Furthermore, each classroom had a maximum student capacity of 20, which our designers had to bear in mind during the space-planning phase.

School art classroom with new furniture and storage solutions School art classroom with new furniture and storage solutions
Prep school art classroom interior design and refurbishment by Rap Interiors Prep school art classroom interior design and refurbishment by Rap Interiors

Our School Refurbishment Solution

For the art classroom design, we introduced two bespoke tables with the view of making the space more practical. For example, they include “open” shelving as opposed to cupboards to avoid students leaving paint marks on doors. We also advised our furniture manufacturer to integrate castors for greater flexibility and build them to student height.

We also considered the students’ height during the making of the classroom’s tea point. As students would be using it regularly throughout art lessons, it was important they could access all the features, from storage to sinks. Again, this meant building it to a specific height so they do not have to rely on the teacher for assistance.

Further to this, we introduced a multi-functional teaching wall with a presentation screen and whiteboard, pin boards to display artwork, new storage solutions to keep the room tidy, and colourful stools to accompany the desks.

Next came the first floor classroom design, which the school wanted to use for a number of subjects, including science. With this in mind, our London interior designers introduced a cool circuit board design on the flooring for an outside-the-box feature. They also introduced foldable flip-top tables to seat 20 students; a bespoke teaching wall with sliding doors, whiteboards and a presentations screen; and a tea point with plenty of cabinets for school supplies.

Finally, we upgraded a third classroom with new school furniture and carpet. The carpet was a key feature of the space, with the “transition tile” effect delineating where the student and teacher spaces are situated. Additionally, we moved some existing furniture into the space to complete the agreed configuration.

Art classroom interior design at Oakfield Prep in Dulwich

The Result

Despite the challenging deadline, Rap’s design and project team achieved the school’s objectives on time and within its budget. With the new school furniture solutions and design schemes, the classrooms are now more practical for students and teachers, as per the remit. Furthermore, the spaces are set up to include a maximum number of students, which is key in helping the school to achieve its teaching goals.

We would like to say thank you to Oakfield for choosing us for this exciting project. It gives us great pleasure to help students enjoy a great education and enable teachers to carry out fun, fulfilling lessons.

Art classroom design with a teaching wall and pin boards Art classroom design with a teaching wall and pin boards
School art classroom furniture at Oakfield Prep in London School art classroom furniture at Oakfield Prep in London
School teaching wall with whiteboards and a presentation screen School teaching wall with whiteboards and a presentation screen
School art classroom furniture with castors and open shelving School art classroom furniture with castors and open shelving
School tea point with microwaves installed by Rap Interiors School tea point with microwaves installed by Rap Interiors

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