Light and airy, it is one of those spaces that make you feel better just by being in it. A quote from Nelson Mandela is writ large on a wall adjacent to the expansive glass frontage: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” It is part mission statement, part inspiration.
Sitting in the atrium at one of the many circular tables, Upper Sixth student Alex Gabathuler enthused: “It’s great to have a space of our own. It provides an excellent balance between social and work areas.”
Deputy Head Girl, Katy Frith, also in the Upper Sixth added: “Having our own café allows for flexibility to fit our social time around our timetable, especially the enrichment programme. It’s also great having members of the Sixth Form Senior Team on hand to assist with any advice, especially concerning our UCAS applications.”
The purpose built centre, designed by Richard Eves Architects, and built by Whitfield and Brown, accommodates over 200 Sixth Form students providing a café and common room, quiet work rooms, classrooms and seminar rooms, and a dedicated careers area. Standing in an enclosed area of the Grange Senior School site, the new facility provides a strong sense of Sixth Form identity whilst remaining an integral part of the wider school.
It goes, almost without saying, that Mr. Millinchip’s outstanding orchestra accompanied with style and panache throughout, while a veritable army of young people played vital parts behind the scenes. Mrs. Bloor’s inspirational direction gave the whole evening a real sense of pace and purpose, as well as a palpable and moving sense of a large group of young people thoroughly enjoying themselves. Well done indeed to everybody involved in the production – the reaction of the audience at the end made it very clear that it was not just Oliver who wanted some more!