A NEW art building has been officially opened at Wirral’s sixth form college.
The school of art and design building at Birkenhead Sixth Form College was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE.
Dame Lorna was joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, Cllr Dave Mitchell and his wife Sue, the school principal, Kathryn Podmore, and students to declare the college’s new arts building – part of a £3.5m investment programme – ready for students.
Subjects such as fine art, graphics and textiles will be taught to more than 250 students.
Dame Lorna said at the plaque unveiling: “What I have seen today is a glowing example of creativity and talent. It has been a pleasure to meet the students, to see their work first hand and I wish them all the best for the future.
“Birkenhead Sixth Form College is a beacon to all and I have no doubt that the college will continue to grow as a centre of academic excellence for sixth form studies.”
The school of art and design was designed by one of the college’s former students, Rachel Clegg, of Wirral-based Ainsley Gommon Architects, and offers views of the Liverpool skyline.
Mrs Podmore added: “This superb facility will make an immeasurable difference to the students here and will have an incredible impact on their studies, enhancing their enjoyment and allowing them to create more ambitious pieces of work.
“We have a superbly designed three-storey building with lots of space and modern facilities for our students; they now have much more scope and can work in a professional and aspirational environment.
“The college has some extremely talented young artists and designers and we aim to give them the best platform to achieve and aspire.
“To this end we are also launching the diploma, which means that Wirral arts students will not have to look further afield to access the qualification.
“Through the diploma we can consolidate the work already undertaken by our students and help them to take that extra step after their A-levels.”