28 February 2020
Birkenhead Sixth Form College has received a government grant of more than a million-and-a-half pounds in order to offer new and improved facilities to both current students and those starting in September.
The £1.7m will fund a new building on the corner of the College’s campus between Upton Road and Shrewsbury Road in Claughton, and will allow more teaching and learning space for more than 1,400 students studying A Levels and BTECs.
Due to the new building, the College’s application deadline for new students has also now been extended.
The government grant comes after the College has been oversubscribed for the past three years and performance tables released in January of this year placed our A Level and BTEC results in first and second place respectively in Wirral and Liverpool, also continuing a trend of topping the tables for the last three years.
The building designs have been made and construction work has begun, with the project set to be completed ready for the new academic year in September.
Principal at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Mike Kilbride, said: “The grant is fantastic news for the community that we serve. Our young people deserve the best chances of success in life and these new facilities will only go to enhance their education at the College.
“We have always been extremely conscious of having to cap our numbers due to lack of space as many of the students who miss out are those most in need. Being oversubscribed for the past three years is of course testament to how well the College’s teachers and students are performing, but it also has come at the cost of letting some who would benefit hugely from what we have to offer slip through the net.
Mike continued: “We still have space limitations due to our campus site but this new building is a huge step forward. People often note how calm and university-like the atmosphere around the college is, and the extra space and facilities for both teaching and socialising that we will have come September will certainly add to that once again.”