My View, Leon Riley: Big step forward for sixth form college

New College, Pontefract has been given an outstanding Ofsted report and is the only 6th form college in the country to score 1 in all areas.
New College, Pontefract has been given an outstanding Ofsted report and is the only 6th form college in the country to score 1 in all areas.

Education provision in Doncaster has just taken a massive step forward as we’ve appointed the builders for New College Doncaster.

We are inviting anyone interested in finding out more about the college to come and see us today, Wednesday, at Doncaster Races between 4.20pm and 7.30pm.

Doncaster's new sixth form college appoints builders BAM Construction for �20m scheme.

Doncaster's new sixth form college appoints builders BAM Construction for �20m scheme.

The management team and the builders will be on hand for this public consultation and we hope to see lots of people to talk to them about our plans.

New College Doncaster will be the town’s only sixth form college for 16-19 year olds.

The appointment of our main contractor means plans are gathering pace.

Our trust, the New Collaborative Learning Trust, which will run the college, appointed BAM Construction as the preferred bidder to deliver this new sixth form college, sports hall and a series of sports pitches, with a construction value of around £20million.

New College Doncaster will be built in Auckley on the playing fields adjacent to Hayfield Lane and will open to students in September 2017.

We’ve been working closely with lots of key people in Doncaster. We are delighted to be announcing our preferred bidder and very excited by this huge step forward for education in Doncaster.

We are already getting lots of interest from year ten students and their families who are starting to think about their post 16 education.

New College Doncaster will be a great addition to what is on offer for students in the region.

This will be a dynamic centre for post-16 learning, supporting achievement, aspiration and progression.

Planned works include a 9,450 sq m sixth form college with individual curriculum-based learning zones based around a multi-functional hub including informal learning, social spaces and extensive sports facilities.

BAM’s Leeds-based construction team are behind many structures across the north of England, including The David Hockney Building, Bradford College, Leeds Arena and numerous colleges, universities and schools.

The New Collaborative Learning Trust presently operates New College Pontefract, judged ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by OFSTED and we want to deliver the same in Doncaster.

We know how important post 16 education is and we are looking forward to talking to people at this consultation event.

Keep up-to-date with our progress on twitter @ncdoncaster and Facebook.com/ncdoncaster and look out for our information events coming up soon.

* Leon Riley, Principal Designate of New College Doncaster