The judges said ... "The new Academy has been designed to support wider community uses outside of school hours in an area where such facilities are greatly needed. The generous internal street and small groupings of social and teaching space successfully reduces the internal scale of building. Small landscaped courtyards between the blocks provide sheltered outdoor space and large terraces offer expansive views over the community and city.
Pupils, parents and the wider community must feel they have been listened to and invested in. The generosity and life changing qualities of its teaching and learning spaces are palpable and worthy of commendation."