First Day At Clarendon
Tuesday 13th October 2015 @ 14:11 by Lee Wild
Ashton News
The new Clarendon Sixth Form College in the heart of Ashton welcomed its first set of students this week as teaching began at the new facility.
The £10m building has taken almost two years to build and now stands proudly on the site of the former car park on Camp Street, opposite the old council offices.
The new campus includes state-of-the-art laboratories, a 200 seat theatre, dance
studios and media and digital art spaces.
The college will offer the usual range of A-Levels from Business Studies through to physical education, but are also concentrating on providing BTEC’s and Diplomas in creative industries and performing arts.
The new building is all part of the ‘VisionTameside’ plan which is a drive to transform learning and skills and to bring greater economic prosperity to Tameside.
The new college development is just Phase One of a three phase plan which will see a further development of a 7,000 square metre site for Tameside College and the redevelopment of their Beaufort Road campus.
Principal Peter Ryder said: “You want a new college to be the best it possibly can be.
“We wanted to make sure that we didn’t skimp on anything and made sure we gave students the best resources and environment to give them the best experience we could.
“We spent quite a bit of time talking to staff and students about what could make that possible and the result is what you see around us.
“The main difference between Hyde Clarendon and this centre is this is brand new. Hyde Clarendon College was built for the last century; this is built for the 21st century.
“I want this to enable young people in this borough to fulfil their potential. That’s the purpose of a college, we want young people to come here and achieve more than they ever thought they could.
“They will have dreams and ambitions and we want to make those happen, but we also want to stretch and push them as well so if they end up somewhere in the world  doing the job that they dreamed about doing they can say they got their start in Clarendon College. I’ll be really proud of that.”