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Festive cheer at the new forest campus

18 December 2017

Gloucestershire College staff and students were full of festive cheer today at the final new campus site visit of 2017, when they presented builders with homemade mince pies to thank them for their hard work so far. 

Barnwood Construction is responsible for the build of the new campus, as part of the Cinderford Northern Quarter regeneration project, and has so far made excellent progress on the building, with all steel framing now in place thanks to being able to access the construction site via the new Spine Road. 

GC staff and students welcomed a number of VIPs from Forest of Dean District Council, the Cinderford Regeneration Board, local councillors and a representative from MP Mark Harper's office, who all had the opportunity to explore the build so far, thanks to Site Manager Paul Limbrick, of Barnwood Construction. 

Sandra Tyrrell, Site Principal, said: “Barnwood Construction are doing such a great job on the new campus build, keeping everything on time and budget, so we thought the festive season would provide the ideal opportunity to extend our gratitude to them for their hard work so far.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming students to the new campus in September 2018, and have an exciting range of new courses on offer, including Level 3 Business, Level 2 Hair Colouring Services, Entry Level Discover Work Skills and Levels 1 and 2 Multiskills – as well as our more established and popular courses and apprenticeships.” 

18-year-old Kieran Jones, a former Dean Academy pupil from Lydney, who is currently studying Catering and Hospitality at the Forest of Dean Campus, presented the Barnwood Construction builders with some homemade mince pies, before guests met the first applicant to the new campus. 

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15-year-old Euan Ball, a Five Acres High School student from Coleford, has applied to study the Level 3 BTEC in Business Studies at the new campus, starting in September 2018. 

Euan said: “I am currently studying GCSE Business Studies at school and would like a career in business management, so I am hoping to learn more on the GC course.”

Euan is looking forward to making the move from school to college next year and is particularly excited to study at the new campus. He added: “The campus is in a lovely location and looks well-built so far. I think that college will be more relaxed than school and we will be treated like adults.” 

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Councillor Kevin Ball, Euan’s father, also attended the site visit and was impressed by the site so far. He said: “The new build is a superb asset to the Forest of Dean. It will be key strategically in providing highly skilled and employable students, which will be key in attracting business and investment. The build is progressing very well and to a high standard.

“We are delighted as parents, that Euan can continue his education in the forest and are impressed with the course content. We hope this will be a springboard to a prosperous career in management for Euan.”

Paul Limbrick, Site Manager from Barnwood Construction, added: “The build has been wonderful so far, with no problems besides the recent snow causing slight issue – but we’re back on track now. The next major stages of the build will be installing the internal drainage, concreting the floors and building the roof, with the aim of making the building watertight as soon as possible. I think the local community will really benefit from the new campus – it will be a real asset to the Forest of Dean.”

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