The Fulham Cross Girls’ Secondary School, operated by the Fulham College Academy Trust is a 625 pupil school located on Strode Road,
The facilities consist of seven buildings in a variety of architectural styles together with several recreation areas from the professional all weather sports pitch to the leafy dining break out garden.
The school’s modernised reception facility is now located in the administrative zone of the purpose built Languages College which fronts Munster Road.
Main School Building
Built an Edwardian construction in 1908 by the London County Council Schools Board to a Victorian design, the main block retains old world style - a dedication to the tradition and commitment to girls’ education on the site since the turn of the century.
Classrooms are located around the modern library at ground floor level, around a large traditional Victorian hall on the first floor and around former high ceilinged Art rooms with extended window lights on the third floor, now converted to the provision of three modern ICT suites.
All teaching rooms have interactive white board and wireless technology. A recent refurbishment programme has vastly reduced the carbon footprint through intelligent LED lighting, local heat control and additional insulation. Major investment has also taken place in the main school boilers
The teaching of technology, now known as “resistant materials”, food technology, art, textiles, product design drama and music and instrumental tuition take place in a special block built for the purpose circa 1985. It is a single storey building of double storey height, constructed with a steel portal frame forming an environment of space and light in equal measure ideal for the pursuit of these creative activities. Teaching facilities include workshop equipment, a “dark space” drama suit, a music technology suite complete with keyboard linked PCs and a cooking suite with purpose designed food preparation points.
The Science Block
Purpose built circa 1985 the two storey Science building presents a further variety in architecture being concrete framed but with a red brick exterior. Once again the carbon footprint has been more recently addressed with windows and external doors throughout the building in modern uPVC double glazed units. The block boasts five science laboratories, general teaching classrooms, storage areas and offices. Last updated in 2004, the block is now the subject of an exciting refurbishment by the Education Funding Agency which will see state of the art Science provision in the next two years.
The Gym Block
Attached to the Science Block via a connecting corridor and sharing the same design, the Gym Block was constructed as a detached building. The main gym is a single large double storey height space with associated changing rooms, showers, storage areas, and offices. Indoor sports including hockey, netball, dance, rowing machine action and health and stamina building are practiced here to compliment the external all weather facilities
The Languages Block
The building of ultra-modern design complete in recent years provides light and airy teaching classrooms and staff offices to support the specialist languages status of the school. The prime facility is the interactive languages laboratory in which students can participate in a wide variety of independent language based activities under the supervision of language specialists.
The Dining Block
The detached, single storey, purpose built dining facility constructed circa 1995 shares the same red brick theme and opens on to a grassy courtyard with ornamental cherries giving an area of tranquillity at the heart of the site. The free draining synthetic grass is much loved by the students and complemented by the planted garden areas here and at other green corners of the site.
The modern kitchen facilities allow the production, presentation and enjoyment of a modern synthesis of freshly prepared, wholesome and nutritional food given the street food edge to attract healthy eaters.
The All Weather Sports Pitch
A recent major investment, the site contains a new all-weather artificial sports pitch, fully safe and enclosed at the rear of the site.
Though in an inner city location the school prides itself on the leafy feel to the site environment. Every small area available is planted with flowers, vegetables or fruit depending on the season, care of the local gardening project operated by students with some specialist horticultural support. The site boats numerous mature broadleaf, and ornamental flowering fruit trees which, together with the Fulham Cemetery which surrounds two sides give the school a green and tranquil feel in the heart of the built community.