Shelley College given a £1 million makeover
NEW study and social space for sixth formers is being created at Shelley College.
A new £1m sixth form block is under construction and should open for the start of the new school year in September.
Work started in February when an access road was built to the site.
The new building should be completed by mid August with a celebrity opening planned.
A spokesman from the college, which has specialist science status, said: "Over the last few years, the sixth form staff have asked students about how we can further improve provision and a common suggestion has been to build a separate sixth form facility."
The new block will provide state-of-the-art facilities with 380 sixth formers expected at the start of the new term.
Main features will include student workstations which will be networked to the main school system allowing students to access their work in any part of the building.
They will have integrated desks with PCs accessible at the touch of a button.
The other main feature of the building will be a new social space including a cafe called the Altitude Cafe. This will sell snacks and drinks to students throughout the day.
Headteacher Mr John Fowler said: "The new sixth form block will provide study and social facilities for our students.
"The new study area will have many internet-linked workstations and will be a place where sixth formers can work and study in comfort and space. The new dining and social facilities will give sixth-formers greater independence from the rest of our school and their own dining service.
"The new block will help sixth formers achieve even greater success and enjoy their time at Shelley College even more.
"We are sure that its creation is one reason why we have received record numbers of applications to enter our sixth form in September."