Work begins on £18m sixth form campus

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Building work has begun on an £18 million education centre in Barnsley town centre which is due to open next September.

An official ground breaking ceremony was held to mark the start of the project to create a new campus for Barnsley Sixth Form College.

The development on St Mary’s Place aims to provide a first class learning environment for A-level students from both in the town and beyond.

College staff and students were joined by Coun Roy Miller and executive director Matthew Gladstone from Barnsley Borough Council as well as representatives from BAM Construction, which is in charge of the project.

College principal Gerard Garvey said: “This new 21st century sixth form college will show the young people of Barnsley that they deserve the best A-level provision and help future generations to realise their potential.

“This is a significant investment in the education of our young people and we aim to provide them with the skills they need to excel in their courses, afterwards at university and in their future careers.

“This landmark project will also contribute to the regeneration of Barnsley town centre,” he added.