Pupils at Bourne Academy celebrated the completion of their new sixth form centre with an official opening ceremony performed by renowned actor Warwick Davis.
The famous actor was honoured to open the new sixth form learning centre, captivating pupils and teachers with a motivational and engaging speech, before unveiling the new plaque to officially declare the centre open.
He said: “I was honoured to have been asked to open the fantastic new sixth form centre at Bourne Academy.”
Sixth-form pupils at Bourne Academy can now look forward to studying in the new centre which comprises of a spacious common room, a study centre and office space, along with a large number of computers which will be made available for them to use during their private study time.
Almost £400,000 was allocated from the Department of Education’s Academies Capital Maintenance Fund to create the new sixth form centre, which was then further enhanced with a grant of £70,000 via the local authority and district council.
Warwick was impressed with the new facilities within the school.
He said: “Bourne Academy is a very creative environment and I am particularly impressed with its celebration of drama and the performing arts. It is important that students doing A-levels and BTECs have somewhere to study and relax, and the new sixth form area will serve them well.”
Will Hawkins, chairman of governors at Bourne Academy, said: “Opening the new sixth form learning centre is a significant step for Bourne Academy. The new building provides not only super facilities but also an environment for the pupils to study more easily and to aspire to do even better.”
Headteacher at Bourne Academy Laurence Reilly added: “This superb facility will further enrich the experience of the growing number of pupils joining our sixth form including those who have studied GCSEs at other schools.”
Bourne Academy converted from county council to central government funding in September 2011, allowing it to compete with other academies across the country for cash to fund capital projects, just like this one.
For more information about the school, which was formerly called Robert Manning Technology College, visit the website at www.robertmanning.org.uk