A Mildenhall secondary school celebrated the opening of its new sixth form centre on Tuesday, the area’s first dedicated education centre for over-16s.
Mildenhall College Academy held an event on Tuesday to offocially open the new facilities, which include a recording studio and lecture theatre, for its 200 sixth form students, .
Following a record set of A- level results this year, academy principal Susan Byles said she thought it was ‘only fitting’ to provide a facility to help the school progress even further.
“For the first time in its history Mildenhall and its surrounding villages has a dedicated post-16 centre to serve and meet the needs of our young people,” she said.
“We felt it was important to open the centre with a celebration worthy of this new facility.”
The new centre was made possible by a cash injection of nearly £400,000 from the school’s sponsor, the Academy Transformation Trust.
After a six-week programme of refurbishment, the academy now has new science labs, a music studio, media studies suite, lecture theatre, dark room and dance studio, as well as a student forum and coffee bar.
There were also five additional classrooms and three offices created at the Bury Road site.
The academy is one of only three sixth forms in Suffolk which offers both A-levels and equivalent Level 3 vocational courses.
Ms Byles said: “There is an exciting buzz everywhere you go and the students are already taking ownership of the premises – personalising their studies and offices, designing the gardens, planning what they can do next.”
Ms Byles believes the centre could be used as a further education centre for the community and to provide adult learners with access to higher education courses.