The College’s Welfare and Learning Committee – part of the College’s student-led Senate – held an official ceremony on the last day of term to mark both the College’s 40 year anniversary and Phyllis O’Grady’s last day as College Director.
Ben Greentree, Chair of the College Senate, opened the ceremony. He spoke about the founding of the College and how, due to a shortage of money from the local authority, the students and staff helped to decorate the building and buy new furniture. From its opening in 1977 the Senate calculated that approximately 8,000 students have studied here. You can read more about the history of the College, its expansions and innovations in a special commemorative edition of our newsletter, The Sixth Former, later this year.
Ben then went on to explain how the entire student population had voted earlier this year for seven ‘special sites’ which will be commemorated as special sites of interest around the College for future students to enjoy. The winning seven sites are: Memorial Trees; Eco Mobile; Pedestrian Gate; Eastern Stream; Four Chimneys; College Sundial; and Reception Archway. Ben ended his speech by thanking the Welfare and Learning Committee for making the voting process such a success. “Here’s to another 40 years of the Sixth Form!”