Sixth Form Centre is Officially Opened

Invited guests came together yesterday for the official opening of the School’s brand new Sixth Form Centre.

Guests were invited to explore the new building, including donors, Old Waconians (former students) and friends of the School.

CHS’s Chair of Governors, Mr Philip Johnson thanked all those involved in the project and added that following the recent development of the Sports Pavilion, this is a further addition to the outstanding facilities at CHS.

The contemporary, light and spacious building, which has been completed over the last 8 months, features a large independent learning area, spaces for both collaborative work and silent study, a sizeable common room as well as a café and a covered outdoor eating space. The landmark project is the first time in the School’s year history that Sixth Formers will have their own dedicated building.

Head, Mr Neil Smith, said: “This is a first-class facility which meets the specific needs of our Sixth Form and will significantly add to the school’s 16-18 experience. I am sure this new space will help to inspire and encourage our students so they can reach their full potential.

Mr Nick Axon, Head of Sixth Form, said: “Sixth Form at CHS is all about preparing our students for university and the world of work. Our new building will provide them with the space they need to develop their independent working skills, as well as facilitating collaborative and project work.

“Our Sixth Form students follow a dynamic pathways curriculum, which incorporates external speakers, academic extension and enrichment, careers guidance and work experience placements, and we are now able to provide the facilities that match our high standard of our academic and pastoral provision.

John Shannon, Property Services Director at Seddon, said: “It has been a pleasure to work on this project, delivering an outstanding facility that will enrich the experience of all sixth form students and staff.

“With spaces dedicated to study as well as well-deserved down time, this centre will allow students to achieve their fullest potential in a modern, inspiring environment.”

Catherine Mulley, director at Pozzoni and Head of the Education Team said: “We are delighted to be part of history by creating the school’s first dedicated Sixth Form building. One of the challenges we overcame on this project was creating a new modern frontage for the Sixth Form Centre without compromising the integrity of the existing fabric of the historic Grade II Listed main building adjacent. The resulting building sits at ease on the site and we hope the students enjoy their new space”.