Instead, the Canterbury-based architects Lee Evans Partnership, opted for western red cedar fire retardant shingles from John Brash.

Matt Hayes, a partner at the company, said the shingles provided a perfect visual contrast to the clay peg tiles, which are predominant in the village, but were still inherently vernacular.

“Brash were able to supply the shingles at the right price and with good technical support and with an assured delivery,” he added. “The fire rating also satisfied the local authority building control department, as there are domestic properties close by.”

The curved design of the school roof, which is split into a number of elements making it look like a series of roofs, required 1,150m2 of shingles.