Acoustics In Schools –  Solutions For Healthy Learning Environments

The most common acoustical challenges facing classrooms, such as noise transfer between rooms and/or excessive reverberation in rooms, arise for a number of reasons, for example:

  • the acoustical properties of 19th and early 20th century schools, which are often unsuited to modern teaching methods
  • modern building methods, often reliant on lightweight materials which do not provide adequate sound insulation
  • open-plan classroom designs, in which background noise and sound intrusion are difficult to minimise
  • multi-purpose areas, such as halls, which must be acoustically suitable for a range of different activities
  • specific subject areas in which noise can be a particular problem, such as music and design technology classrooms.

Masses of research has been done into school acoustics, and with good reason. Studies continually show us that school environments without acoustic panelling and poor sound affects both students and teachers alike. A Heriot-Watt University study found that in extreme cases, 70% of consonants spoken by teachers cannot be heard by students. Additionally, a study of 1,200 teachers that shows over 80% believe that noise generated by students imposes a significant strain on their teaching and that Primary school children displayed a deterioration in performance of up to 25% when the memory task was accompanied by background noises.

These numbers are startling, and demonstrate just how important a healthy acoustic environment is to facilitating healthy learning.

Our school acoustic solutions cover all of the main spaces found in schools:

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Classrooms

A classroom with poor acoustics means poor speech intelligibility; meaning students aren't given the full opportunity to comprehend and absorb information. Acoustic treatments are a simple way to help create a healthy learning environment.

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Sports Halls

Sports halls are often extremely reverberant - owing to high ceilings and hard surfaces; often making communication difficult. Sports hall acoustic solutions offer supreme sound absorption as well as impact resistance.

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Circulation Spaces

Circulation spaces and hallways are where students congregate and can become very noisy quickly. This means reception areas and other administrative spaces in hallways can become clamorous and uncomfortable. Our acoustic solutions restore comfort for users in these spaces.

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