College governors have named the building after the current Principal, Linda Sinclair. Mrs Sinclair will be retiring in April 2017, after serving 9 years as the Principal and 29 years at the College in total. The Mayor along with students, staff and members of the Corporation celebrated the opening with a luncheon.
Maths student and Vice Chair of the Student Council, Ben Fraser said, “The spacious classrooms, with lots of natural light coming through the large windows, have walls decked with whiteboards ready to be filled with maths equations. The well-equipped computer areas are also a great space for independent study.”
Funding for the construction of the building included a grant from the Educational Funding Agency’s (EFA) Building Condition Improvement Fund.
The new development replaces a ‘wooden hut’, fondly known by generations of students and staff as the ‘Stable Block’, which was first used in WW1 as hospital accommodation somewhere in Cherry Hinton before being moved to the College in the 1920’s. This ‘temporary’ building was in use by the Performing Arts department right up until the time of demolition in 2015.
Dance student, Rianna Jamieson said “It is nice to have a dedicated studio space, with air conditioning, for enrichments such as Zumba or Yoga, as well as for our dance lessons."
Principal, Linda Sinclair, said it was a “huge honour” to have the building opened in her name. She added: “I am extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed to the planning, design and construction of this fabulous building – it provides outstanding teaching and learning facilities for the Mathematics, Performing Arts and Sport departments and will enable us to provide students with more independent study space and social space elsewhere on the College site.”
If you’d like to find out more about studying at Hills Road Sixth Form College, why not come along to one of our Open Evenings on either Wednesday 9th
or Thursday 10th
November 5.00-9.15pm. More information about the College can be found on our website: www.hillsroad.ac.uk