New £16 million college for Barnsley


A college has announced plans to build a £16 million sixth form centre – which will create places for a third more Dearne students than at present.

Some of the funding for the project will be covered by a £5.3 million Government grant.

The new facility at Barnsley College will replace current sixth-form buildings on the institution’s Eastgate site and be capable of accommodating 1,200 students – 300 more than the current 900.

Barnsley College principal Colin Booth said: “The college is delighted with the funding.”

Mr Booth said the college aims to choose a site by September and start building work next year.

Three locations owned by the college or Barnsley Council are under consideration, with one possibility being a row of empty shops in Shambles Street in the town centre.

The other possibilities are land in County Way and the old Belle Vue College s3ite, off Cockerham Lane.

The new centre is planned to be completed by summer 2015, the college said.