New Chemistry & Study Centre

There has never been a better time for aspiring young scientists to join Solihull Sixth Form College with the construction of a new, sustainably built Science and Study Centre starting recently.

Thanks to a huge investment of nearly £3 million from the Summit Learning Trust, of which the College is a proud member, the new building will provide the perfect environment for aspiring students, with four fully equipped, spacious Chemistry laboratories. With a growth in interest in degree sciences, this investment is providing valuable facilities to support our students’ ambitions.

In addition to the Chemistry facilities, all students at the College will benefit from significantly more independent study spaces, with 100 PCs in a new Study Centre. An additional IT classroom and three further teaching classrooms will also be part of the new build. Blythe building, currently the home of the chemistry laboratories, will be refurbished, creating even more new classrooms for other courses.

College Principal Martin Sullivan commented:

“This is a very exciting project. Our students will be able to learn in an environment ideally suited to their needs. A subject like A level Chemistry requires specialist facilities and with the construction of this building, our students will be learning in a state-of-the-art environment, significantly boosting their chances of academic success. It is a significant investment, which we firmly believe will lead to greater student outcomes.”

Summit Learning Trust Chief Executive, Catherine Anwar added:

“We’re delighted to be able to invest such a significant sum in this fantastic new facility. This new building will add to the great experience students already have at the college – and will support our hard working students to achieve even better outcomes for a bright future. We are very pleased that it is a sustainable build – reflecting our commitment as a Trust to sustainability and playing our part in tackling the climate crisis.”

Construction started last week, as contractors began laying the foundations of this modular building. It will be a modern and sustainable off-site manufactured building, built by Wakemans Limited (Project Management, Cost Consultants and Contract Administrator) and Modulek (Contractor/Manufacturer). Made with 100% sustainably sourced or recycled materials and built largely off-site means the construction will take a quarter of the time of a traditional build, minimising the carbon footprint of this project.

Prospective students wishing to benefit from these outstanding facilities from September 2020 are encouraged to apply before the application deadline of 31 March 2020. Click for more information about how to apply.

6 February 2020