INSPIRATIONAL and long serving chair of governors Dennis Fisher has been honoured by Woodkirk Academy where the new sixth form centre has been named after him.
Mr Fisher attended the opening of the Dennis Fisher Sixth From Centre along with staff, students and the team responsible for the refurbishment of one of the largest teaching blocks at the academy.
Mr Fisher said: “It was a complete surprise and I am very honoured to have this superb facility named after me.
“I hope that it serves the students well in their sixth form careers.”
The opening ceremony was performed by Phil Sargison, the commercial director of Thornton’s PLC who said: “I was delighted to have been asked and Dennis is a true inspiration, as were all of the people who were involved in the project.”
The centre, which started operating in September, provides a study base for 320 students with ICT and catering facilities and a sixth form office.
Jamie Lowe, assistant head teacher, who has overseen the project, said: “We have always been able to offer a first class sixth form education to our students by matching their needs and career aspirations with the courses we offer.
“Now we also have outstanding facilities and resources available to enhance their studying experience.”
The centre has been given the thumbs up by students.
Talkeen Pandor, who has just started sixth form said: “The sixth form centre is a great study area.
“The support you receive is second to none, with really friendly staff.
“You are treated like an adult.”
This was echoed by another high flying student, Heather Noble, who said: “I wanted to stay on at the sixth form at Woodkirk because I knew the staff and felt comfortable with them.
“The new facilities are great and add to that feeling.”
Those thinking about joining the sixth form at Woodkirk will have a chance to see the facilities at an open evening on Thursday, November 8.