Case Study

Performing Arts Studio at Swalcliffe Park School in Oxfordshire – Video

Building type: SEND | Studios
Project price: £193,000
Completion date: 2016

2016: Swalcliffe Performing Arts

We’ve seen first-hand how our bespoke design process and biophilic principles can have a positive impact on pupils within SEND and SEMH environments. In 2016 we built a performing arts space for Swalcliffe, a school for boys with autism. Immersing them in their natural surroundings, the room was a fully-featured space for music, dance, and drama. We went on to collaborate with Swalcliffe on two further projects.

Swalcliffe Park day and residential school for boys with autism wanted develop their students’ talents in the expressive arts of music, dance and drama.

The school felt that it lacked the facilities to encourage the boys’ creativity in the performing arts, and so decided to reclaim an underutilised area in the extensive grounds to create a learning space dedicated to music, dance and drama.

Swalcliffe’s core educational focus is on developing the boys’ ability to communicate, self-manage, and ultimately achieve independence. Since the facility has been in operation, staff have been amazed at how it has transformed the school and what the boys are getting out of it. We subsequently collaborated with Swalcliffe on two further buildings, including a breakout space.

Why did you want to develop a separate learning space?

We wanted to develop our students’ talents in the expressive arts of music, dance and drama.

What made TG Escapes stand out from the other providers?

The quality of the building and confidence in the team to work well with the school.

What are the biggest benefits you’ve noticed for the pupils and your school/setting/college?

The building itself fits really well into its natural surroundings and, in its own unique way, looks as stunning as the main school building, a beautiful Victorian manor house. The boys love having their own dedicated space to enjoy their activities and make as much noise as they want!

How did you find working with TG Escapes overall?

A very well-managed and collaborative project.


“A very well managed and collaborative project.”
Kiran Hingorani