When refurbishing your school, the staffroom is likely one of the last things on your mind. However, including the staffroom in your school refurbishment is very important. This is because it’s not just the students’ health and well-being that is a priority, your staff matter too.
Having an area that is dedicated to them that is functional, relaxing and motivational can help increase morale. It should be the perfect place for staff to take a break and socialise, just like students do.
To help with the designing of your staffroom, there are 4 functions you should aim to fulfil.
Being somewhere for staff to enjoy food is probably one of the main functions of a staffroom. For the most part they are somewhere to refuel during busy days.
Therefore, they should have suitable kitchen areas. These should include a range of equipment that will also help staff consume a range of healthy foods, instead of relying on sandwiches from home.
As a place to eat and drink, the number of tables should be considered too. Tables can often be overlooked but providing comfortable tables which enough space can be very beneficial for staff. Lunch is also a time to socialise with other staff members and having enough space to gather together is important.
With the busy school corridors and loud chitter-chatter from students, sometimes the best help you can offer staff is somewhere that offers privacy. Refurbishing your staffroom is a chance to create a change in environment. It should be calming, and quiet. ‘Homely’ staffrooms have become more popular because they offer a comfy change of scenery compared to the stripped-back décor often found in the classroom.
When completing any school refurbishment, creating the right atmosphere is essential. This is particularly important in the staffroom. You should aim to create a calming space for teachers to recharge and look after their well-being. Using a calming colour scheme paired with thought-provoking artwork will create the ideal space to relax. Plants are also proven to have positive effects on mental health. This is because increased contact with nature can boost concentration and instils tranquillity.
The staffroom is also somewhere teachers can catch up on what is going on. Noticeboards are invaluable when it comes to school refurbishment. They offer the ability to easily share important announcements and post reminders about events and news. A school is a busy place and having somewhere to keep up to date with updates will improve communication. This is especially helpful for people to stay updated with news from departments that they may not bump into on a daily basis.
We hope that you have found our guide to including the staffroom in your school refurbishment helpful. If you are thinking about undertaking your own school refurbishment project King Builders can help. With have over 40 years in the industry and have a high-skilled professional team who strive to provide top-quality craftmanship and first-class customer service.