Building of the new Barnsley Sixth Form College campus has been officially started at a ground-breaking ceremony.

The £18m campus on St Mary’s Place in Barnsley town centre is due to open during the 2015/16 academic year and will provide a first class learning environment for A Level students from South Yorkshire and beyond.

College staff and students were joined by Councillor Roy Miller and Executive Director Matthew Gladstone from Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and representatives from BAM Construction to mark the start of building.

Gerard Garvey, Barnsley Sixth Form College Principal, said: “This new 21st century Sixth Form College will show the young people of Barnsley that they deserve the best A Level provision and help future generations to realise their potential. This is a significant investment in the education of our young people and we aim to provide them with the skills they need to excel in their A Levels, afterwards at university and in their future careers. This landmark project will also contribute to the regeneration of Barnsley town centre and improve the gateway into Barnsley for the benefit of residents, businesses and the wider community.”

Nick Bowen, Barnsley College Governor and Principal of Horizon Community College, said: “Young people in Barnsley and the surrounding areas are fortunate to have the opportunity to progress on to study at Barnsley Sixth Form College and the state-of-the-art facilities at the new campus will considerably enhance the learning experience on offer. I view Barnsley town centre as an education hub with the Sixth Form, Barnsley College and University Campus Barnsley all offering excellent learning options.”

Councillor Roy Miller added: “It is fabulous to see this new development being built in Barnsley town centre, bringing new education facilities for young people.”

Find out more about studying at Barnsley Sixth Form College at the next Open Evening on Wednesday 15 October, 6.00pm to 8.00pm, or go to www.barnsley.ac.uk/sixth-form-college

Last updated: 8th October 2014

Originally posted on: 8th October 2014