The Minster School in Southwell, Nottinghamshire by Penoyre & Prasad has won the 2009 RIBA Sorrell Foundation Schools Award. Now in its third year, the award was created to help raise the standard of school design and is given to the architect of the best RIBA award-winning school design project.

The winner was announced by Lady Frances Sorrell, co-founder of the Sorrell Foundation who said: “When a school goes through the journey of modernising learning, it needs classrooms like these which are highly adaptable. The new school has a bright and interested pool of pupils to draw on, and they are clearly making good use of the opportunity because the resulting anatomy works very convincingly. From the unique locker design to the wheelchair-height water fountains it is clear that so much care has gone into the design of this school”.