Summer Fields School, Oxford

Monday May 24 2021

Summer Fields has provided a place of learning for young boys in the affluent Summertown area of Oxford since 1864. The historic school is set in more than 70 acres of stunning grounds, five minutes away from the centre of Oxford. Today an independent day and boarding preparatory school, it welcomes children between the ages of 4 and 13.

To make sure the learning facilities continue to be fit for purpose, the buildings required refurbishment. The Victorian-era Newton Lodge, which now houses the pre-prep years between 4 and 7, was repurposed through extensive alteration and renovation, and an extension was created to provide purpose-built education space that meets contemporary standards.

Since its founding, the school has always stressed the importance of physical fitness – the school motto is mens sana in corpore sano – a healthy mind in a healthy body. This is why it’s so important that the school houses not only learning and library spaces, but also indoor and outdoor play spaces.

When our client Edgar Taylor asked us to provide the exterior surfacing, we knew it had to live up to the prestige of the surroundings. To complement both the historic features and the new copper rain screen cladding, we chose a resin in Maple Glow, applying approximately 300m2 of surface for attractive and safe entrance and play areas. The client was very pleased with the results and thanked the team for our ‘fantastic service’.

The new extension, which opened in 2018, received a Commendation in the Oxford Preservation Trust 2019 Awards, with the judges considering the building a valuable asset to the school and the wider community, and one that improves the streetscape substantially. At The TP Group, we’re proud to have been part of such a historic/prominent project, and looking forward to working with the client again.