Finishing touches to Pontefract NEW College revamp

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A new visual arts academy will provide the finishing touches to a multi-million pound revamp at Pontefract’s NEW College.

A £1.5m library offering students three floors of services including textbooks, journals and multimedia resources opened last October and doors to a new performing arts academy opened in 2012.

Now, after the college secured a bank loan, the new £1.5m visual arts academy - which will be the home of the college’s arts, textiles and photography departments - will open in the summer.

Pauline Hagen, college principal, said: “We’ve made a substantial investment in our campus facilities to provide students with the best possible environment in which to further their education and achieve the success they deserve.

“The opening of the visual arts academy this summer means that all of the buildings on our campus are new.”

The new facility will replace a 40-year-old building at the college’s Park Lane campus.

It has been made possible thanks to a £800,000 bank loan from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Ms Hagen added: “We’ve enjoyed an excellent relationship with Lloyds Bank for several years and they have been very supportive in putting finance in place to help with the ongoing costs.”

NEW College provides A Level, BTEC and GCSE courses to more than 1,900 students from across the district.

Andrew Ainsthorpe, Lloyds Bank regional head of education, charities and government, said: “The investment in new facilities ensures that NEW College can build on the great academic achievements for which it is renowned.

“Colleges like this help ensure companies have access to the skills they need to further their ambitions.”