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Meadowhead School

Meadowhead SchoolAcademy Trust

Our Sixth Form Centre

The Sixth Form Centre opened on Wednesday 8th November 2017 as part of a £2.4 million extension to our existing school building.

It features eleven new teaching spaces equipped with the latest technology, a common room and social space with a café, the Sixth Form Office and private study space.

 Sixth Form centre Nov 2017

Head of Sixth Form Sarah Burdekin welcomes students at the new entrance to the Sixth Form Centre

Students are also able to access new sporting facilities at the newly refurbished Graves Leisure Centre as part of the school’s enrichment programme. The new St George’s Retail Park is scheduled to open early in 2018 and will available for students to access during their lunch break.

Kier Construction began the site set up over Easter 2017 and we incredibly proud of the facility whose building design was inspired by the approach of local universities and throughout the process, the architects regularly sought the input of students and teachers to ensure the building has the most positive possible impact on learning.

The building’s completion marks the latest phase in the development of a school based Sixth Form in the Meadowhead area. Steve Fowler, the school’s headteacher, explained that it was a proud moment for the whole community:

  Sixth Form centre Nov 2017
Mr Fowler with students in the common room

“For many years, students were forced to travel across the city to attend a school Sixth Form.  With the support of the community we have pursued the ambition to give students the opportunity to study locally. Since beginning our A Level teaching in 2010, we have built a reputation for expert teaching, excellent results and outstanding pastoral care. This has led to a great record of progression to university and employment including successful Oxbridge and medicine applicants.

This new building will benefit all students, allowing us the opportunity to develop our provision even further and to increase the amount of study space available to our students. It will be a development to be enjoyed by generations of future students.”

Emma Bradley, the Sixth Form’s elected student president, explained the impact that the new building has had on students who have already been using it:

“The new building is a great place to be – it feels like a university or a place of work. I feel like an adult and there is more space to study and also sit with friends during breaks.”

Emma, who studies A levels in English Language, Sociology and Geography and is hoping to study social work at university, also explained:

 Sixth Form centre Nov 2017

Student President Emma enjoys the new common room

Helen Sharman Opens Meadowhead School Sixth Form Centre

There was a fantastic atmosphere on Wednesday 6th June 2018 as Dr Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut and former Meadowhead student, officially opened our new Sixth Form Centre. Sarah Burdekin, Head of Sixth Form, made an emotional opening speech and introduced Helen who was her fellow student here! Helen spoke to invited guests before unveiling a specially designed commemorative plaque to much applause!

Steve Fowler, Headteacher, shared the journey to achieving this building and thanked everyone who has been involved. We were very pleased to welcome governors, Trust partners and those members of the community with whom we have had close links and supported the school throughout.

 Official opening of Sixth Form Centre

Visitors then enjoyed refreshments and a tour of the learning and social areas of the new Centre, and we were also delighted to meet the designer of the much admired wall art, Catalina Ionita from Trust partner Whittam Cox Architects. (read the full story here: )

 Official opening of Sixth Form Centre

Below you can see the exciting stages of the building, from the most recent as it neared completion to the initial stages of exploratory foundation work.

  sixth form building works

  sixth form building works

 sixth form building works

 sixth form building - Sept 2017

August/September 2017

June 2017 update: there has been lots of activity on site and the building ground works are progressing on schedule!  Here are a few pictures showing each key stage:

 steel frame goes up

 steel frame is up

 steel frame

The main steel frame is up! These pictures show the outline of the new building from different angles June 2017

 Mr Fowler and students on site June 2017

Mr Fowler with our Sixth Form President, Head Girl and Head Boy on a site visit June 2017

 June 2017 foundations

  June 2017 foundations

Foundation works are progressing well! June 2017

 site is secured

 site secured

April 2017

The initial work was to secure the site fully from the rest of the school, with a temporary access roadway for construction vehicles and building materials.  Room changes and a new fire exit were put in place and everyone adapted well. 

artist impression of sixth form centre

artist's impression

Following approval by the Governing body of the plans to build a dedicated Sixth Form Centre, the very first bit of building work commenced in August 2015 with the drilling of several boreholes at the end of the languages wing to test the foundations.

 Diggers on site

 diggers on site

 diggers on site

 site of new sixth form centre

The new Sixth Form Centre will be at the end of the languages wing.