We are now in the middle of our move to our new site at Barleythorpe.
All our furniture is in place now and teachers resources have been delivered.
The site is looking fantastic and we’re really looking forward to enrolling all our new students on Thursday 23rd August.
A level results will take place at the old site in Oakham and GCSE Results and enrolments at the new site.
See you there!
We had an insiders look at the new site on Friday and whilst it is still a building site the structure of the college is really coming together.
All the rooms are in place now and the science labs are starting to get fitted out with work benches.
We have been really impressed by the site and going there on such a sunny day gives a great indication of what a lovely environment it will be once finished.
We’ve attached some photos we took so you can have a look at what’s going on.
Thanks to global warming (or whatever the cause of the mild winter this year) we are now 5 weeks ahead of schedule with the new building. The pictures may still look like a series of bare rooms with bits of wire strategically hung in various places (which in fact they are) but all the boring essential work is advanced and they are going to start to take shape quite quickly from now on. I was given a tour just before half term and was astounded by the size of the main corridor which runs through the heart of the building. In the old conference centre it was the width of broom cupboard and two people that passing by would give a new meaning to the title of that classic film ‘brief encounter’ but now even that Stamford old boy Daniel Lambert himself would have plenty of clearance room on either side.
We are also seeing developments of the prospect of a fabulous set of changing rooms and football pitches, complete with a spectator stand which is currently being considered for planning permission. Oakham Adult Football have great plans for this and it would be a terrific asset to both them and the college as well as the wider community so if you wish to lend your support let your local councillor know. In the meantime we are working with Catmose Sports Centre for the provision of indoor sports facilities and are delighted to do so.
Back at the ranch Emma Burt is leading the ‘moving team’ to ensure the whole process happens smoothly and every week we hand out ‘Barleythorpe bags’ to staff so they can clear out their rooms. The last week before Easter is a designated ‘clear out’ week and the first week after the May bank holiday week is ‘packing week’ with the idea that we start moving across shortly afterwards although the old building will remain in operation until at least the end of August. On enrolment day (GCSE results day) and beyond we hope to be organising guided tours so people can take in the new site in all its glory (we still may be doing a bit of unpacking of course).
Look out for news of the Barleythorpe project in the local media over the coming weeks….
We haven’t given you an update for a while so are pleased to be able to show you some more pictures of the progress on the new site.
Work is progressing well and we’re still on target for our opening in September 2012.
The Barleythorpe Blog
I am happy to say that the weather has been so unseasonal that the project is now 3 weeks ahead of schedule as we speak. Of course, next week could see a deluge of snow and we would be extremely lucky to survive until February half term without at least some poor weather but the longer time goes by the more chance there is that the fundamental work will have been completed and if it snows in April we’ll be fine because the roof will have been on long before.
This week we signed off plans for all the power and data sockets in the building which will be all wireless but will also have banks of specialist computers in certain areas and we discussed where to put interactive whiteboards for the best sightlines and whether the door to the main unisex toilet area was bigger enough to accommodate a full wheelchair (it is). All thrilling stuff, none of which was part of my teaching training of course but then this job is never boring and it’s all in a good cause.
Next week we discuss the music rooms amongst other things so hopefully we can make a song and dance about that in future blogs….
Vice Principal and Head of Centre
There has been a 90% increase in applications so far to come to the new Rutland County College at Barleythorpe next year.
This is great news and we’re looking forward to lots of new students being able to make the most of their post 16 education in the fantastic new facilities.
Work is going ahead on the site with overall design all signed off now and each room allocated its village name within the college. The plans look fantastic with great study and social spaces for students along with multi use classrooms and specialist areas for the subjects we offer at Rutland County College.
If you have any questions about the new build please feel free to get in touch.