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Architecture plb's Jo Richardson Community School (JRCS) shows how the PFI process can create a centre for the entire community. The Local Education Authority and the headteacher worked with the design team and a wide range of stakeholders to prepare an exemplar scheme for school and community facilities. Preparation time was essential to the success of the school design.

A review of existing new-build schools was key to the process. JCRS is an eight-form-entry school with sixth form, which also includes a combined school and public library; an adult-education facility; performing-arts space; a children's centre; sports facilities; a café; a community police service; and meeting rooms. The building is PFI-funded, with credits from the DfES and ODPM, together with council capital.

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