St Albans secondary school opens new sixth form centre
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Pupils at a St Albans secondary school are already reaping the benefits of a new state-of-the-art sixth form block which boasts two classrooms and three areas for study and socialising.
Verulam School headmaster Paul Ramsey said that the £700,000 project has vastly improved an area where there was once a “decrepit 1970s style gymnasium which we could only use for examinations, where the boys used to freeze”.
A £554,000 government grant made up the bulk of the project’s funding, with Verulam providing the remainder.
Mr Ramsey said that local builders Borras Construction “did a fine job converting the gymnasium”.
The sixth form block was officially opened by former headmaster Michael Morgan – Verulam’s second head – at an event attended by current and past pupils.
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There are 235 pupils in the sixth form.
School captain Kieran Zielinski said: “This centre gives us an environment where we can all pursue our academic goals and shows the commitment the school has in enabling us to achieve excellence.”
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Mr Ramsey said that the school has employed two recent graduates to work as study supervisors in the new block, one of whom is “our first female ex-pupil to return to work for us”.
Verulam will soon also have its science block refurbished, with Borras starting the revamp in October.