By Ian Dipple Friday 20 September 2013 Updated: 20/09 08:54
A BOROUGH school has unveiled its new £300,000 sixth form centre.
The unit has been created out of Trinity High School’s ageing science labs and includes a modern and expanded common room, IT suite, improved toilets and a state of the art touchscreen whiteboard for training and presentations as well as a basic kitchen.
The work has been funded entirely from the school’s own budget, with another £333,000 being spent as part of a separate project to install new windows and fix the roof.
There are plans to expand the centre further by revamping the upstairs science labs to create a university style lecture theatre and more classrooms for a range of sixth form courses. The former common room will be turned into three new science labs. It is hoped work on the scheme could get underway in January.
The school’s sixth form has increased by 30 per cent in the last 12 months up to 230 pupils.
Headteacher Marian Barton said the improvement in GCSE results was driving demand.
“We really want to prioritise post-16 education at Trinity. We got fantastic results this summer and the sixth formers are playing their part.”
Redditch Mayor Wanda King, whose daughter Lisa has just left the Grove Street school to go to university, officially opened the building last Friday (September 13) along with Deputy Mayor Pat Witherspoon, a former chair of governors.
Mrs King said: “It’s a real asset to the town. I would have loved something like this when I was at school.”
Mrs Witherspoon added: “When you look at the way the results have improved and then you get something as terrific as this.
“We have got very ambitious young people and if they are learning in a quality environment, with good teaching then they are going to get better all the time.”
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