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Double funding boost for Long Road Sixth Form College

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funding photoLong Road has been awarded nearly £1 million by the Sixth Form College Building Condition Improvement Fund. This will benefit all our students, but in particular ones studying Science, Art, Photography and Music. Gary Woolley, Estates Manager, explains:

“We will be extending one of our teaching blocks and providing a bespoke studio for our new Art Foundation course. In addition, we will be able to refurbish ‘The Tower’, which is above our recently remodelled Expressive Arts Studio. This will give us flexible additional teaching or meeting space in the main College building. We will also be refurbishing an existing area to create a new Digital Photography classroom and providing a new practice room for Music students. Finally, we will be able to complete the refurbishment of the Science department by modernising one more laboratory.”

The College has also been awarded £128,000 by Sport England to add to money allocated by the College and UTC. This is to build a new all-weather pitch behind our Sport Hall – perfect for our hockey team.

“This is a huge boost to our already extremely popular and successful hockey programme,” says Team Coach and Sport teacher Ben Hudson. “The mixed team recently won the English Colleges National Championships twice in a row and the men’s team finished third at the British Colleges Championships held at Bath University in 2012.  The addition of our own dedicated, on-site surface will allow us to increase hockey provision, attract more local players of all abilities and hopefully secure more hockey-based success on a local and national basis.”

“These two successful funding bids have given the College yet another cause to celebrate in what has been an immensely positive year” adds Principal Christine Sherwin. “Along with our recent award of Good by Ofsted, and our reaccreditation by Investors in People, this news will help us to ensure that the College will continue to grow and thrive.  Without the BCIF funding we would not have been able to provide high quality accommodation and resources for the increasing numbers of students wanting places at the College.”

Photo –  from left to right – back row: Ben Hudson (Sport teacher and hockey coach), Guy Flynn (hockey team), Matthew Summerscales (Art & Design Level 3 Diploma), Will Lander (hockey team), Pippa Wade (Chemistry student) and Luke Thomas (Biology student)
Front row: Rhodri Furlong (hockey team), Dennecia Gordon (Art & Design Level 3 Diploma), Lucy Cookson (hockey team), Dan Payne (Music – with his drumsticks) and Dan Rees (Music – with electric guitar).