Built in November 2007, the Crescent Building which has 22 multi-functional teaching spaces, was a landmark development for Priestley. The building also houses the College’s main reception, a large student services area and a high street standard food court in the shape of the Crescent Cafe. The new building revolutionised the College campus and added a new architectural feature to the skyline of Warrington South.
The Priestley Building is the largest on campus and is home to our science laboratories, one of our two reception areas and all Performing Arts studios. Modern Foreign Languages, Maths, English are also taught here.
This outstanding learning resource has been designed to meet the needs of a modern day student. Indeed some of the facilities are better than you would find at some universities. It includes; over 150 PCs, separate study areas for express access, quiet study, group work and informal learning. We have also added high specification machines for students doing graphic work. In summer 2010 the College invested a further £300,000 in extending the LRC with a brand new conservatory. This new space provides students with even more invaluable study space. The LRC is currently open for private study until 6pm Monday to Thursday during term time so that you can catch up on your studies. Study Support staff are available to provide one to one support for those who need it.
The transformation of the campus originally began in 2003 as £1.7 million was spent on a range of new buildings. Most striking was the creation of the Sports Centre. The facility contains a full size sports hall, fitness suite, sports lab, teaching rooms, office space and changing facilities. The Fitness Suite contains a Techno Gym, comprising a treadmill, cycle ergometer, rowing ergometer, Smith’s machine and a full set of free weights. Away from the Sports Centre itself the College also has football, rugby and hockey pitches, four tennis courts, three netball courts and an all weather pitch. The facilities enable the College to offer a broad range of sporting activities and opportunities to students and also enhance current schools of excellence.
The College has invested over £150,000 to create new laboratories. These new facilities boast a range of high-tech equipment and facilities including fume cupboards and University standard analytical balances. An additional four very well equipped science laboratories offer state-of-the-art, university-standard apparatus for Biology, Chemistry, Electronics, Physics, Applied Science and Science in Society students. The Chemistry and Applied Science Departments utilises two large, fully refurbished, flexible laboratories. The laboratories have computer access and there are six Analytical Balances of university standard. The Biology Department has two large laboratories, which includes Photo and Video Microscopy facilities with a wide variety of slides and there is also a greenhouse annexed onto one of the laboratories. Priestley has a resident network computer and a 10″ reflecting telescope and data logging equipment. The electronics lab is well equipped with specialist benches and test equipment and has access to oscilloscopes and signal generators.
Students have access to a leading and high profile Performing Arts and Media centre. The centre houses a dance studio with sprung floors and mirrored walls as well as a modern rehearsal studio for Drama and Performing Arts. Elsewhere there is a Media Editing Facility and a full Music teaching suite with recording studio and soundproofed practice rooms, all with the latest cutting edge technologies. The facilities complement the existing fully equipped performance theatre, within the hall which has also been refurbished and modernised in recent times.
Following an extensive refurbishment and redevelopment these centres provide the broadest and most diverse ranges of Art and Design courses available in a truly creative and inspiring environment. There are several workshops and studio spaces, each supported by a wealth of dedicated equipment and machinery, for subjects and activities including Textiles, 3D Design Technology, Graphics, Computer Games Design, Photography, Ceramics, Glass and Fine Art. The Graphic and Photography suites accommodate high specification PCs which are installed with a range of industry standard multimedia software and are networked to A3 Laser duplex colour printers. The Arts Centre also has an exhibition space for the display of current and ongoing student work.
The Lewis Carroll Building is home to our computing and ICT courses. The state-of-the-art, £1.2million development is home to more than 200 computers and was opened by Dr David Whan, a trustee of the New Engineering Foundation. Priestley was the first sixth form college in the country to receive STEM assured status – making it one of the UK’s top education providers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.