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Kesgrave High sixth form opens today

PUBLISHED: 15:28 12 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

IT HAS been a long time coming for some, but Kesgrave Sixth Form officially opened today.

In a bid to get comprehensives involved in the top universities, Neil McKendrick, the Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge was due to officially opening the new building.

IT HAS been a long time coming for some, but Kesgrave Sixth Form officially opens today.

In a bid to get comprehensives involved in the top universities, Neil McKendrick, the Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge was due to officially opening the new building.

Nigel Burgoyne head of the new sixth form, joined the school on the day the builders dug the first piece of earth in April 2000 and watched it grow day by day until it was finished in May.

The first new students who joined the sixth form in September are now happily working in a state of the art building, which Mr Burgoyne helped to design.

At the moment there are just 140 students at the college with the same number joining next year.

With padded swivel chairs, more computers than books and a preference to natural lighting rather than fluorescent, their working environment is better than most offices.

It is the business-like effect that Mr Burgoyne said he was hoping to achieve.

He said: "We wanted it to feel like an office environment.

"I did quite a lot of research into setting it up and went to visit the BT offices.

"We wanted to make it as close to the environment that they will be working in when they go on from here."

In the learning resources centre there are more computers than books with all the information they need at the click of a mouse button.

Mr Burgoyne said: "The students like the working environment here and that encourages them to want to be here and learn.

"The pressures are greater at A-level than ever before and they have to adjust to that."

Classrooms are big and airy and working areas have been built with slanted roofs with windows in them to let in the natural light.

For breaktimes the students also have their own kitchen called Howie's Hotspot.

The students themselves seem happy with the college, if only because they don't have to travel so far.

Most of them come from Kesgrave and Martlesham but would have had to travel to Northgate Sixth Form by bus or car.

Mr Burgoyne said: "I think it is fantastic.

"The youngsters are very lucky with the resources they have got."

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