The sun shone on Wednesday 26th February, when the College Principal Anne Fielding Smith played host to governors, staff and students for the grand opening of the newly refurbished Runnymede Building, which was officially opened by Yvonna Lay, Mayor of Runnymede.
The Runnymede building, which was built in the 1970’s, previously housed two out-dated Biology laboratories and several IT rooms. The refurbishment started in 2012 with a full renovation of the two Biology laboratories and the creation of a new general science laboratory on the first floor. Over the last twelve months, we have re-designed the ground floor to provide a new Physics laboratory, a new Chemistry laboratory, a fully equipped preparatory room and an office, providing first class teaching and learning facilities for our students.
Harry Latter, a current year 2 Biology student, presented the Mayor with a bouquet of flowers before the visitors had the opportunity to tour the new facilities.
Overall, the Grand Opening was a great success and fully endorsed by the Mayor, who wished the building every success in playing an important part in producing the next generation of top scientists. This was reinforced by Anne Fielding Smith, College Principal who shared her thoughts:
‘We are absolutely delighted that the Mayor of Runnymede was able to open the Runnymede Building, which was funded by a grant from the Education Funding Agency. These new laboratories provide our students, many of whom go on to take degrees in science subjects at top universities, with first rate facilities in which to study their A levels and BTECs in biology, chemistry, physics and forensic science.’