Local MP Julia Lopez Explores New City College’s Cutting-Edge Facilities

Local MP Julia Lopez Explores New City College’s Cutting-Edge Facilities

Julia Lopez, Member of Parliament for Hornchurch and Upminster, recently paid a visit to New City College’s Havering Sixth Form campus to witness first-hand the advancements supported with £4 million government funding.

The investment, part of the post-16 capacity fund, has catalysed a comprehensive two-year improvement initiative at the Havering Sixth Form campus. With an additional 200 students welcomed this academic year and projections indicating further growth, the college has strategically allocated funds to bolster its teaching facilities. Recognised as one of only 44 institutions nationwide to receive this funding, New City College is gearing up to accommodate a flourishing student body.

During her tour, Lopez had the opportunity to explore the newly created science laboratories, equipped to industry standards, alongside the refurbishment of existing facilities. She also saw enhancements to social spaces, underscoring the college’s commitment to providing conducive environments for both study and relaxation.

Expressing her thoughts following the visit, Lopez commended the college’s dedication to fostering academic excellence and facilitating access to STEM career pathways.

She said “It is always a pleasure to visit Havering Sixth Form College and I am very grateful to Principal Janet Smith for taking the time to talk through her ambitious plans for young people in my constituency. With 200 extra students attending this year and applications forecast to rise again for next year, these new facilities are vital to ensuring that students at the College have a high-quality place to learn. I am particularly pleased to see the focus on upgrading science facilities, a real focus area for the Government, that will help local students access STEM career opportunities.”

Coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week, the visit offered Lopez insights into the college’s proactive approach to career guidance. The repurposing of the Careers, University, Business & Employment (CUBE) office underscores Havering Sixth Form’s commitment to supporting students’ diverse aspirations, including apprenticeships and university placements.

Looking ahead, the college is poised for further expansion, with plans underway for the extension of teaching facilities and additional amenities.

Janet Smith, Principal of New City College’s Havering campuses said: “It is always an absolute pleasure to invite our local MP Julia Lopez to the college. Julia shows such a genuine interest in our students and their achievements. We are also grateful for her support with matters of funding so that we can make sure that Havering Sixth Form continues to develop as the best possible teaching and learning environment for local young people.”

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