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About the Client

Southend High School for Girls is a dynamic school for young girls from Year 7 to Year 13. Their sixth form offers their students an A-Level education in a school environment for them to develop to their full potential.

A word from Alice, Designer at Rap Interiors

“It is vital to consider all factors when creating a 6th Form breakout zone for schools and the student’s benefit.

We focus on designing functional areas around 6th Form life and recognising the students want to feel special and gain more independence and freedom.

It was fantastic to have the students ideas on a mood board and work with them on this.”

A 3D render of a schools canteen area to show the interior design and space plan A 3D render of a schools canteen area to show the interior design and space plan
A 3D render of Southend High School for Girls interior design of their school canteen coffee shop breakout space A 3D render of Southend High School for Girls interior design of their school canteen coffee shop breakout space

Key Features

Banquet seating with square coffee shop table and colourful mix match chairs with a dark colour interior design colour scheme Banquet seating with square coffee shop table and colourful mix match chairs with a dark colour interior design colour scheme

Dark Colour Scheme

The walls of the room were painted in a dark navy blue along with a matching carpet tile that is modern and adds pattern to the interior design.

The abundance of natural light through the large windows ensures the space isn’t overpowered with the dark colour scheme.

Funky school flooring options with a blue camouflage carpet and herringbone wood LVT with breakout furniture Funky school flooring options with a blue camouflage carpet and herringbone wood LVT with breakout furniture

Funky Flooring

A dark and fluid carpet in this communal space was a purposeful school design solution for a high traffic area where drinks and food would be consumed.

The herringbone wood effect vinyl flooring creates a contrast next to this patterned carpet as a more luxurious and home-like feel, appropriate for the older students.

A modern school interior design for a sixth form canteen area with a dark colour scheme and contrasting flooring. A modern school interior design for a sixth form canteen area with a dark colour scheme and contrasting flooring.

Versatile Seating Options

Dissimilar to a classroom, there is a variety of seating options available for the students to use in this informal breakout space.

The light grey banquet seating created a large area for social space with a wipeable vinyl fabric finish for durability purposes.

To portray a coffee shop design influence in this sixth form canteen, the high poseur table and bright orange stools added a pop of colour to the dark colour scheme.

A word with Angela Clarke, Director of Finance and Business at Southend High School For Girls

What were your expectations for the coffee shop?

“It was a classroom before and the space is next to a common room. We wanted to use the space for the sixth form students to have somewhere more relaxed and somewhere to go without their younger peers so it is more special.”

What kind of effect has the space had on the students?

“The headteacher and head of sixth form are happy with it and we’ve had some nice comments.”

What made you choose Rap over anyone else?

“The headteacher came across the Haringey Learning Centre project and it was what we were looking for with the finish, zones and it is suitable for sixth form students.”

Would you recommend Rap to other schools?

“Yes, we are having Rap Interiors look at another area of the school, a school library design and refurbishment project.”

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Does Your Sixth Form Need a Breakout Space For Your Students?

If you are thinking that your school would benefit from a breakout space then Rap Interiors can help.

We have been helping schools innovate their classrooms, learning environments and interiors for over 30 years.

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