New sixth form centre at Thomas Deacon Academy

Student Sam Miller and head of sixth form Ben Treverton at the new Thomas Deacon Academy sixth form centre. EMN-150223-154419009

Student Sam Miller and head of sixth form Ben Treverton at the new Thomas Deacon Academy sixth form centre. EMN-150223-154419009

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Students are already enjoying a new sixth form centre at Thomas Deacon Academy which opened this week.

The opening took place on Monday (February 24) at the academy in Queen’s Gardens.

The new centre is a renovation of a block used when the academy was known as The Deacon’s School.

The block, which is between the main and junior academies, used to be called ‘The Buttery’ and was used as an exam hall and dining hall.

The new centre, which follows a renovation project worth nearly half-a-million pounds, includes over 18 new computers, individual study booths and rooms, a reflection/prayer room and a new cafeteria and social area.

A new study centre supervisor called Jo Throne has also been appointed to help with one-to-one and group work.

There are 350 pupils in the academy’s sixth form.

Student Sam Miller and Head of Sixth Form Ben Treverton (pictured) both tried out the new computers in the centre.

Mr Treverton said: “The centre’s fantastic, absolutely amazing. It’s very modern and to a really high standard.

“We are trying to improve academic results and this is an important step.”

Student Shannon Mouatt (17) said: “It’s really good. There’s good space with lots of useful resources to work independently.

“Our old centre was really noisy as it was in the middle of the school.”