A-level pupils at Dunottar School in Reigate have moved into their newly built Sixth Form Centre.
The £2.2 million building is aimed at providing a modern working space with the look and feel of being at university and the world of work.
Students can also benefit from the building’s silent and collaborative study areas, and social spaces such as a patio, a cafeteria and a ‘rec room’.
The energy efficient building, designed to integrate with the school’s Grade II listed buildings, includes natural light, an LED lighting system and an environmentally-considered heating system.
New plants and trees, sympathetic to the historical gardens, seek to maintain the ecology of the existing landscaping.
Headmaster, Mark Tottman, said:
“The new Sixth Form Centre has been a big hit with our pupils. They love the feeling of independence that the new facilities allow, and it has also brought them even closer together as a group.
On seeing the building for the first time, many parents and staff have commented that they would like to be sixth-formers again.”
The Sixth Form Centre is the first of two building projects which won planning permission last year.
Work has begun on the second project, a £4.5m initiative to build an assembly hall and classrooms.
The aim of the building programme is to improve the educational experiences of pupils – since Dunottar became co-educational and joined the United Learning group in March 2014, the school says numbers have rapidly risen.