Development work to create improved parking and cycling facilities at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College campus in Leek Road will ensure travel to and from college is easier than ever.
While the state of the art development enjoys a prime location just five minutes’ walk from Stoke station, work began three months ago to increase parking capacity on site for staff and students, together with improved facilities for cyclists and walkers which include secure card controlled bike shelters.
Principal Mark Kent said the investment, which has created 60 additional parking spaces, 60 cycle spaces and an improved drop-off zone, was an essential part of the college ethos to ensure easy access for all students to the sixth form college, no matter where they live.
He said: “I’m delighted that this development work has now been completed successfully to enhance our campus, and more importantly, the experience of students travelling to us.
“We have always worked hard to find a solution to any obstacles which may prevent someone who wants to study with us from being able to come here, whether that’s an unexpected dip in their GCSE results or because the bus doesn’t run when their classes do.
“For students in rural areas we will look at transport solutions for them, which is important, because as the only sixth form college in Staffordshire anyone who wants to come here should be able to access the wide range of courses and facilities we can offer.
“We would encourage any students who would like to study with us but who are concerned about getting here to give us a call, as we will always support them to create a bespoke travel plan which is tailored to their needs.”
For student and keen cyclist James Convey, aged 18, from Milton, the ease of travel to the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College was a deciding factor in where he chose to study.
He said: “I didn’t want to pay for the bus and I have always generally cycled to most places.
“It takes me just 20 minutes to cycle in to college and I can come along the canal rather than the road if I want to.
“When I get to college there’s always plenty of room for my bike and the fact the shed is very secure is good, as you can only access it with your student card.
“There’s also plenty of lockers and showers and the college provides bike locks if you need them.
“I also came here because I wanted to study A-Levels and I’m doing chemistry, physics and maths, and I’ve now been offered a place at Birmingham University to study nuclear engineering.”
College staff can offer advice about travel bursaries and discount travel cards including the ‘Your Staffordshire’ card which allows under 20s to travel on public transport for just £1.20 when the journey starts or ends in Staffordshire.
Students and parents can find out more about the Sixth Form College by logging on to www.stokesfc.ac.uk or call 01782 848736. They can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to arrange a visit and tour of the campus.