Uckfield College extension starts

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Parents of Uckfield Community College students have been told that building work on the College’s new extension begins this week.

Principal Hugh Hennebry said: “This is a very exciting new development and will enable us to realise our ambition to support literacy by creating a new reading room that is in addition to our learning resource centre.

“Our vision for this reading room is a warm, inviting and comfortable space for students to enjoy a good read. The reading room will be for reading and the learning resource centre will also have some of our careers library alongside the careers office and careers, information and guidance materials in the Sixth Form study area.

He points out it will enable students to access a dedicated student services team with their own student services reception area and facilities including first aid.

Space will be created to allow the remodelling of flexible learning (SEN department) and a new facility for students on the autistic spectrum. There will also be an extra open classroom, a studio, lecture room and assembly space.

Staff advise parents the top playground and entrance on the north side of the College is now closed off and ask them not to enter or visit by coming in from that area. Instead it’s suggested they approach the building from the Leisure Centre side until the work has been completed.

Reception is in the Conservatory by the pathway from the lower, main gate between the technology department and the dance and drama block. The all-weather football pitch is also near completion.