Senior staff at Long Road Sixth Form College were joined by other members of the UTC (University Technical College) project for a ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday 26th September.The UTC will be opening in September 2014, and building work has already started in the grounds of Long Road Sixth Form College.
Christine Sherwin, Principal of Long Road Sixth Form College, was one of five key people to give an opening speech (see below). The event was attended by representatives of Cambridge Regional College, BAM Construct UK, the University of Cambridge, the Medical Research Council, Napp Pharmaceuticals, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Mott MacDonald, architects Hawkins Brown and LBY Architects, mechanical and electrical consulting engineers Hoare Lea, recruitment consultants TLP, project management consultants Turner and Townsend, and Cambridge University Health Partners.
In addition to Christine, Long Road was represented by Edward Dodson from the College Board of Governors, Mike Bryant, Vice Principal, Heather Chambers, Vice Principal, and Estates Manager Gary Woolley.
Local MP Julian Huppert was also at the event and gave one of the speeches.
Here is Christine’s speech:
The governors of Long Road Sixth Form College have agreed to release this site for the UTC building and have done so at no charge because they recognise that the UTC will provide a learning experience which is very different to that offered by other schools and colleges in the area.
The UTC will be preparing the majority of its students to work in the biomedical sector, and so what better place to locate it than here, in close proximity to those employers. Indeed, as you can see, the students will have a good view of the Cancer Research Council and Medical Research Council research laboratories from the windows of their building.
This site has a long tradition of educational excellence, firstly as a Girls’ Grammar School, and now as Long Road Sixth Form College. Long Road Sixth Form College is unique amongst post-16 providers in the area in offering a wide range of both academic and applied learning courses, which students can combine. The UTC will also be unique in offering a very specialist science curriculum delivered almost entirely through projects devised in collaboration with employers. As Chair of the UTC Curriculum Work stream, as well as Principal here at LRSFC, I have had the exciting challenge of making available to young people an outstanding and unrivalled range of educational opportunities on this site.
Long Road Sixth Form College has a strong track record in science education, and each year many of our students access science and technology courses in a wide range of universities including Oxbridge, and achieve accolades such as winning the Rolls Royce Science Prize. Our extensive range of science courses will continue alongside the new provision at the UTC, and I look forward to working closely with the Principal of the UTC to ensure that we maximise the opportunities available to our combined student body through the resources of the two institutions.