Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pounds 7m BOOST FOR EDUCATION; Plans Unveiled for Sixth Form Centre: Pounds 7m CENTRE PLAN AT COLLEGE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pounds 7m BOOST FOR EDUCATION; Plans Unveiled for Sixth Form Centre: Pounds 7m CENTRE PLAN AT COLLEGE

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Byline: JOANNA DESIRA

EDUCATIONAL opportunities on Teesside have been boosted after Middlesbrough College unveiled plans for a new pounds 7m sixth-form centre.

The new building, dedicated to the study of A-levels, will stand adjacent to the college's award-winning Middlehaven site.

The announcement has bern made as the From Page One college celebrated its best-ever results at A-level - with the pass rate of 99.2%, exceeding the national average. And the good news comes only weeks after schools in other parts of Teesside lost out on exciting new building plans after the Government axed the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project. It is a further boost to the educational estate in Middlesbrough, which has been able to continue with its BSF scheme and is providing a new building for every secondary school in the town. Primary schools are also being given a new lease of life through the Primary Strategy for Change programme. Middlesbrough College hopes the new facility will open its doors to students in September 2011.

The centre, designed by Niven Architects, will have its own distinct identity. It will boast 13 classrooms, tutorial rooms, a student lounge and a caf. There will also be a new outdoor, all-weather sports pitch which will complement the college's existing six-court sports hall, gymnastics training centre and fitness studio. All students will benefit from access to the laboratories, art studios, theatre, sports facilities, library and all the other facilities in the adjacent building but will be taught in an environment specifically designed to stimulate and encourage learning in preparation for university. Mike Hopkins, principal at Middlesbrough College, said: "The young people of Middlesbrough deserve the very best that we can offer them. "I am delighted that we have been able to work with our partners - Tees Valley Unlimited, Middlesbrough Council, the Skills Funding Agency, One North East and the Homes and Communities Agency - to secure this exciting new development. …

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