Colchester Institute students to say goodbye to temporary classrooms after £7 million grant

Essex County Standard: Colchester Institute students to say goodbye to temporary classrooms after £7 million grant Colchester Institute students to say goodbye to temporary classrooms after £7 million grant

A BUILDING site at Colchester Institute will be replaced with a four storey teaching block following the award of a £7 million government grant.

Five years ago the now defunct Learning and Skills Council scrapped an £85 million rebuild of the college mid-project, leaving much of the Sheepen Road campus a building site.

But soon students will no longer have to study in temporary classrooms after the replacement Skills Funding Agency agreed to stump up £7 million towards the £9.5 million cost of building a new south wing.

The college, which has 9,000 students taking further and higher education courses as well as apprenticeships, has agreed to fund the remainder.

For the full report, see Friday's Gazette

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11:29pm Thu 27 Mar 14

James.Harrington says...

About time too really. The money spent on the 6th Form college via the last governments pandering to them was grossly over expended, while the sorry state of the Institute had to play the poor persons second fiddle, this was abhorrent and silly. I see the Tories have had the good sense to pump the cash in its rightful place and put it in Institute type funding, this was badly needed. We do not need 700 A Level students taking up degrees after 6th Form in Studies in P.E. or The Historical Value Of Beer Mats & Bar Towels "Oh yes I knew of a person from the town who went on to a University that designed a course for her in just that". The facilities and teaching is far superior at the Institute, which has a more rounded and open student base. Some towns now have an education centre where 6th Forms are mixed with Institute type colleges. There is one in Portsmouth which has a high value appreciation rate. Congratulations.
About time too really. The money spent on the 6th Form college via the last governments pandering to them was grossly over expended, while the sorry state of the Institute had to play the poor persons second fiddle, this was abhorrent and silly. I see the Tories have had the good sense to pump the cash in its rightful place and put it in Institute type funding, this was badly needed. We do not need 700 A Level students taking up degrees after 6th Form in Studies in P.E. or The Historical Value Of Beer Mats & Bar Towels "Oh yes I knew of a person from the town who went on to a University that designed a course for her in just that". The facilities and teaching is far superior at the Institute, which has a more rounded and open student base. Some towns now have an education centre where 6th Forms are mixed with Institute type colleges. There is one in Portsmouth which has a high value appreciation rate. Congratulations. James.Harrington
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3:50pm Fri 28 Mar 14

mr pants says...

These temporary classrooms were the result of Labour's disastrous Learning and Skills Council (another cosy quango) spending money it didn't have. Five years later and still no investigation or criminal charges brought against those responsible.
These temporary classrooms were the result of Labour's disastrous Learning and Skills Council (another cosy quango) spending money it didn't have. Five years later and still no investigation or criminal charges brought against those responsible. mr pants
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