Top academic school, Queen’s
College in Taunton, is launching a state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre on Monday
23 September at 6.45pm with Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice Chancellor of
Bath University officially cutting the ribbon.
The new Centre has been designed
as an interim between school and university and will be open late into the
evening as well as at weekends. The
school undertook comprehensive research with its Year 11 and 12 students to
find out what they would like in a new Sixth Form and includes car parking
space for those who have passed their driving tests, a specially created
walkway linking the Centre to the rest of the campus and an outside terrace
with exceptional views over the School playing fields.
Internally, the new Sixth Form
Centre includes large social spaces equipped with multimedia facilities, televisions,
comfortable sofas and funky furniture, games areas and a cafe-style kitchen
facility. Not only will the Centre
provide a social base and work area for pupils during the week, but will also
be used by the students at the weekends as a Sixth Form Club, where students
can meet up and relax with friends, take part in co-curricular activities,
study individually or in groups, discuss work with staff, make themselves
something to eat and use the shower facilities after sports matches.
In addition to modern silent
study areas with wireless laptop connections, the new Centre has a full IT
suite and collaborative study areas where pupils can work together, talking
through ideas that have come up in the classroom, discussing issues and
resolving problems. A comprehensive
media resource area provides A Level students with information including worldwide
university options and prospectuses, careers guidance, Gap year ideas,
technical courses and apprenticeships.
This is supplemented by a full careers programme including work
placements, visits from outside speakers, university admissions tutors, careers
speed dating events and visits to Higher Education Fairs and open days.
Two seminar-style classrooms,
used solely for A level subject teaching, have been designed in a flexible
fashion so that students can work in the round or in lecture style and the
Centre will be managed at all times by a Sixth Form Centre Manager as well as
the Head of Sixth Form and Sixth Form tutors.
Queen’s College has strong links
with Bath University as many students from Queen’s College choose to further
their education at Bath and the Director of Admissions is a School
Governor. Dame Glynis will talk to the
Queen’s College students before cutting the ribbon in front of parents,
students and the local community.
Said Headmaster, Chris
Alcock: “We are extremely excited about
the launch of our new Sixth Form Centre which is the only stand-alone Sixth
Form facility in the area and provides young people with the freedom and
flexibility to develop before they progress on from Queen’s. Queen’s College has an excellent reputation
at A Level and some of the top results in the South West; despite the fact our
students are mixed ability. However it
is the school ethos, our small class sizes and excellent teaching which really
make the difference.”
For further information please
contact Henrietta Lightwood or Sarah Cronk on 01823 340805 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com