On Saturday 18th October, students and staff from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy's Sixth Form opened their doors to the local community. The Sixth Form Centre which has been designed by the students themselves is located in Lerret Road, Portland opened in September and is Portland's first-ever dedicated post-16 education space.
Alison Winsborough, Head of Sixth Form explained how, 'Today has been led by the students who wanted to open up their learning spaces and share the environments for learning that they have researched, designed and delivered. We are all incredibly proud of them". The design features themed conference rooms, the London, New York and Sydney offices, a silent work area, and upcycled furniture as well as a Twitter photo booth used to liven up the corridors.
Following her visit to the open morning, Portland Resident Vicky Short said, "It's an incredible space the students have created, I have never seen anywhere like it before. I can see how such a centre would support learning".
Student Jordan McGuinness, who helped to create the new centre, said: "At times it was a bit stressful but it was exciting too. We just wanted a big input into what it would be like and we're all really happy with the end result". Director of digital learning and innovation, Gary Spracklen said: "There has always been a long-term plan to build a Sixth Form on Portland and it has been so nice today to welcome the community in and share how IPACA is delivering on that promise".
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Read the report in the Daily Telegraph on entrepreneurship in schools by Smith & Williamson. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/people/11128759/UK-schools-are-failing-entrepreneurs.html