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Barnsley College

Barnsley College this week opened the doors to its new campus at the top of Old Mill Lane.

After seven years of planning and two years of construction, the landmark building marks the start of a new era for the College - one of only 13 projects out of 144 to reach completion after a Learning and Skills Council (LSC) funds shortage put College new builds up and down the country in jeopardy. 

A result due to the determination and hard work of Barnsley College Principal Colin Booth who met with past and present prime-ministers  and local MPs to raise Barnsley’s case in the House of Commons.

The £50m, nine-storey building incorporates an impressive atrium providing specially designed study and social spaces, and dedicated personalised learning zones that form the heart of the campus. State-of-the-art facilities have been carefully designed and equipment specially chosen to high industry standards to ensure a superb learning experience that can be tailored to the different needs of each individual student. 

Young people crossing the threshold for the first time were given a VIP reception, with a Hollywood style red carpet laid out to welcome the building’s first arrivals.

It was the first day of term for over 6,000 students, who were given a taste of the College’s creative talent as College band, The Bam Shoots, performed live outside the building.

Barnsley College Principal Colin Booth said: “Today is a landmark in the history of Barnsley College and the town.  Our focus and priority is always about quality which is demonstrated in our outstanding Ofsted report and now reinforced by the recent awarding of national ‘Beacon Status’ by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS).  This building will provide first-class facilities which can only enhance the learning experience of each and every student; we are one of the best Colleges in the country and we now have a building and facilities to match.”