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Swan School, UK


  • Arena Symphony - Swan School
  • Cetus - Swan School
  • Urba Deco - Swan School
  • R2L2 - Swan School
  • Arena Symphony - Swan School library
  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Ensuring the lamp efficiently converts electricity into light (lm/W).

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    Controlling light emission using optics which bend and shape the light to the correct location.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    Combining optical and thermal control within the luminaire (luminaire lm/W).

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Presence: Lights automatically turn on/off with movement. Absence: Lights automatically turn off and must be manually switched on.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Artificial lighting which responds to the natural light conditions.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    A function designed to produce correct light levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    Allowing the user to set scenes and adapt the lighting to different tasks.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off can be installed to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Lighting is zoned according to area use.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance must be performed in response to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Eliminating waste light which does not hit the intended target.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Results of actions can be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.

After sixty years, residents in Oxford were delighted to welcome a brand-new school to ease some of the strain on the town’s educational resources.

The Swan School is a new Secondary School and Sixth Form in the northern suburb of Marston, which will provide education for 1,260 students of 11-19 years of age.

The main school building is designed over three floors, with a central atrium where students eat their meals, gather socially, and for group study as part of the wrap-around care. The scheme encompasses 62 classrooms, an assembly hall, drama and dance studios, office space, and an inclusion suite.

Architects utilised a clear colour scheme inside the building to help pupils feel welcome and find their way around the building. The modern concrete ceilings provided a challenge for designers as they are known to reflect rather than absorb sound.

Recent studies have shown that many classrooms have poor acoustics because of material selection. As a result, children cannot make out what is being communicated in class, and teachers suffer from voice strain.

Together with sister brand Zumtobel Lighting,  Thorn worked with LJJ Mechanical & Electrical Contractors to create a suitable lighting solution to address these important issues.

Thorn’s acoustic Arena Symphony LED raft luminaires have been integrated into the classroom's concrete ceilings, helping to avoid all acoustic related issues, and creating an optimum learning environment.

Thorn's innovative Arena Symphony luminaire was the ideal solution. Its sound-absorbing features minimise sound reverberation in classrooms, and it is fully compliant with BB93.

The linear raft luminaire offers a choice of infills; the system's length has been specially adapted to match each classroom's layout.

The scheme didn't just incorporate the internal illumination. Outdoor learning featured heavily in the plans as it can have powerful benefits for welfare and academic performance. The scheme ensured that pupils could quickly move between the indoors and the outdoors.

Thorn's R2L2 road lanterns and Orus low level mounting luminaires illuminate the car parks, and Urba Deco provides decorative pathway lighting.

The result is a lighting scheme, which met the specification, budget and has delivered an exceptional lit effect with high colour rendition to inspire tomorrow's learners.

Other Thorn solutions used on this project included IQ Wave and Beta 2 in classrooms, Cetus in corridors and circulation areas as well as Aquaforce Pro in plant rooms.