High-flying college to unveil major new education resource

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WIGAN students will soon have access to a new multi-media suite, as part of a £6m refurbishment.

Winstanley College will tomorrow be officially opening its new building for music, media and performing arts.

The new build is the first stage of a multi-million-pound strategy to improve areas of the college, which include a Learning Resource Centre, science labs, a revamped sports and fitness centre - Winfit - and environmentally-friendly, energy-saving roofing with solar panels.

The state-of-the art complex will provide studio space and classrooms for film, media, dance, performing arts, music and recording as well as a dedicated theatre space.

Winstanley College principal Jo Bailey said: “It is important that Winstanley has a facility which will provide a stepping stone for students onward to higher education and future employment in the media and creative sector in the region.

“Winstanley College is one of the top five Sixth Form Colleges in England, producing among the best A-level results nationally and so outstanding students deserve outstanding facilities.

“At a time of the demographic decline in student numbers across the North West and a squeeze on budgets from government, Winstanley is proud to be able to invest in its students by opening this fabulous new centre.

“The college has enjoyed outstanding grades for financial health for the last 10 years and student numbers are buoyant.

“Winstanley is proud to have managed its finances carefully to allow for the new building.

“To maintain this quality, the college needs to provide a modern and efficient learning environment which will help our students respond to the wider economy, future employment and higher education opportunities.”

The official opening ceremony takes place at the Winstanley Road college buildings tomorrow evening.