First look at plans for college’s new business school

Artist's impression of the proposed development of the Havant Sixth Form Business School
Artist's impression of the proposed development of the Havant Sixth Form Business School
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FUTURE lawyers, company directors and economists will will be able to learn in this modern suite of classrooms to be built at Havant Sixth Form College.

For the past three years, business students at the high- performing college have been learning in portable cabins in front of the main building.

But a grant of almost £1m from the Young People’s Learning Agency means they can now be replaced and pupils studying law, economics and business will do so in the best facilities.

Permission was granted by Havant Borough Council in April and work is due to start over the summer.

It means the business school should be up and running next spring. Its design makes it possible to add a second storey if the college wins more funding in future.

Curriculum director for business and law Joan Dunn said: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for students to study in a brand new, leading edge teaching environment.

‘All rooms will be equipped with the latest educational technology creating a vibrant business-like environment.’

Over the past few years the college has been undertaking major refurbishments at the campus totalling more than £3m.

It includes a Media iSuite with the latest technology and a photography studio following the introduction of the successful AS Level photography course last September.

This academic year has seen the installation of state-of-the-art science laboratories.

The majority of the laboratories were completed for students starting in September 2011. The remainder will be completed by this September.

Another area of major investment is in IT and remote learning technologies.

Principle John McDougall said: ‘We take IT seriously and has the best PC to student ratio with one student to every four PCs.

‘Havant is a wireless campus with students accessing study materials on their phones, iPads and laptops.

‘This makes teaching and independent study so much easier with ready access to an enormous bank of online teaching materials which have been produced by college staff.’

In 2008, £43m of funding which had been due from the Learning and Skills Council to rebuild and expand the whole campus was withdrawn.