Over £6 million investment in the campus

In recent years we have invested significantly in creating a truly inspiring place of learning, providing the latest equipment and technologies in order to prepare students for university and the modern workplace. New facilities include:

IDEA Centre – New for 2017

IDEA Centre Cronton Sixth Form College
(Innovative Digital Engineering Applications)

The IDEA Centre is a brand new state of the art building at Cronton Sixth Form which will aim to educate students using some of the most advanced industry standard equipment and methods.

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Students studying various courses including Science, Engineering, Sport, IT, Business and Health Studies will have the opportunity to work alongside local and national companies to provide them with the up to date skills needed to gain employment in a variety of industries.

The facility will have a strong focus on Industry 4.0; the current industry movement of automation and digital data exchange in manufacturing processes. Students will have access to the latest digital fabrication equipment for prototyping, such as 3D printers.

IDEA Centre Cronton Sixth Form College

There will also be a focus on computer science and computer programming, virtual reality technologies, robotics, PLC assembly lines, flow level control systems, pneumatic and hydraulic systems and sports science.

The new centre will enable more cross curriculum learning, with students from all subject areas using the facilities to collaborate on project ideas, produce design concepts and develop prototype products. This will encourage team building and interaction between courses.


New facilities include:

  • New for 2017 – IDEA Centre
  • Animal Management Laboratory
  • Learning Centres including ‘Cube 2’
  • Science Laboratories
  • Sports Facilities and Gym
  • Social Areas including ‘The Conservatory’
  • Dance Studio