£1.7m college centre now open

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IT IS almost 50 years to the day since the foundations were laid at Boston College, and last week another building milestone was achieved, with the opening of the new Sixth Form Centre.

Boston College: Sixth represents a £1.7 million investment in the college, and part of a raft of measures to update facilities at the centre.

It will bring A-level students, previously based at the old De Montfort Campus, over to a state-of-the-art centre purpose-built to cater for the needs of the students, aged between 16 and 18.

Principal Amanda Mosek said: “I’m really delighted with the new building. It’s a big improvement on the 1950s school at De Montfort. It’s really high tech. We have fantastic IT suites and each room has got an electronic smart board in there - it’s the most modern equipment we could possibly have.

“A lot of people don’t realise that we have a lot of academic programmes here, but we really are a good place where people can send their young people and where they will achieve very well and very highly and go on to university.

The 18-classroom facility has also been given a top environmental rating. It was built over an eight month period and completed in December. Students began to move into the building earlier this month. Lessons are still taking place in the old building on De Montfort, but the campus is due to close at the end of the year.

Other developments Boston College is involved in include the Peter Paine Sports Centre, which the college has leased from Boston Borough Council, and former day care centre Ingelow Manor, which is being developed for students with special educational needs.

Coun Peter Bedford, leader of Boston Borough Council, officially cut the ribbon to open the new centre on Friday, which happened to be his birthday. He said: “The college is regenerating this part of Boston, no ifs or buts. It brings millions into Boston and the people of Boston don’t appreciate the amount of work and effort it brings into the town. It really is a great success story. I wish it all the best of luck.”