Home News Coffee shop created at Southend High School for Girls

Southend High School for Girls, a dynamic school for young girls from Year 7 to 13, contacted Rap Interiors to design a coffee shop for their Sixth Form Students.  They required the interior design to take on a more sophisticated look, and not to reflect a normal refurbished school classroom. Collaborating with the student’s mood board, Rap’s designers created an inspirational coffee shop fit out and design.

The Rap Interiors’ designers were able to create a mature interior design for the sixth form students with a dark colour scheme, inspired by their mood board. The abundance of natural light through the large windows ensured the space wasn’t overpowered with this dark colour scheme. The walls of the room were painted in a dark navy blue along and a matching navy carpet tile in a modern pattern.

This dark and fluid carpet in a camouflage pattern was specifically chosen for this space as it would be a high traffic where drinks and food would be consumed. The herringbone wood effect vinyl flooring created a contrast against this patterned carpet for a more luxurious and home-like feel that is more appropriate for the older students and this coffee shop space.

The interior designers included different seating zones for this coffee shop inspired space with a variety of school furniture options for the students, dissimilar to normal classroom furniture. To create a large social space, grey banquet seating was installed with a wipeable vinyl fabric finish for durability purposes, along with high poseur tables and bright orange stools that add a pop of colour to the dark interior colour scheme.


Southend High School for Girls now has an attractive breakout space for the sixth form students. This school coffee shop has created a large social space for the older students with sophisticated features to feel separated from their younger peers.

A word from Alice, Designer at Rap Interiors

It is vital to consider all factors when creating a 6th Form breakout zone for schools and the student’s benefit. We focus on designing functional areas around 6th Form life and recognising the students want to feel special and gain more independence and freedom. It was fantastic to have the student’s ideas on a mood board and work with them on this.

Feedback from Angela Clarke, Director of Finance and Business at Southend High School for Girls

The headteacher and head of sixth form are happy with it and we’ve had some nice comments… We are having Rap Interiors look at another area of the school, a school library design and refurbishment project.

Click here to see the full details of the school refurbishment project here.

Does Your Sixth Form Need a Breakout Space for Your Students?

If you are thinking that your school would benefit from a breakout space then Rap Interiors can help. With over 30 years’ experience in helping schools innovate their classrooms and as experts in creating post-COVID learning environments, Rap Interiors love transforming educational spaces.

The team would love to hear the challenges you are facing with your school’s interior design so please call 0333 600 1234 or email refurb@rapinteriors.co.uk with the details of your school interior design project.

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