Funding boost for Portsmouth College sixth form investment

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PORTSMOUTH College is in line for a huge makeover after winning £1.2m capital investment from the government.

A fully refitted kitchen, new IT block, refurbished student common room, new windows and spruced-up outdoor areas with benches and landscaping will now take shape over the next year.

It is a good piece of news for the sixth form college that lost out three years ago on £30m for a full rebuild from the government’s Council’s Building Colleges for the Future scheme, which was halted because of mismanagement.

Assistant principal Phil Harris said: ‘We are delighted with the money, which will be topped up to £1.6m with our own contribution.

‘It means we can complete some major projects in a short time, and we are aiming to get all the internal refurbishments finished before September for our students to enjoy.

‘This is a great opportunity.’

Work will kick off during the May half-term.