An environment designed and built with students in mind, the John and Joan Cooke Centre (named after the school’s founders) is a contemporary facility which links the more traditional aspects of the school’s history with the demands of modern students.
Its predominantly glass and steel structure provides a learning environment filled with natural light, and tinted, double glazed security windows which will open and close automatically, according to the demands of the outside weather and the inside temperature.
Sixth formers are provided with a range of learning environments, allowing them to match the demands of their studies to an appropriate surrounding; they may choose from informal discussion over a coffee to group debate on the comfortable sofas, to more organised group work at the extending tables on the ground floor, to individual private work at the study carrels on the first floor.
The ground floor classrooms in the Cooke Centre were specifically designed for A-Level learning and contain a number of state-of-the art features to facilitate this. The large open staircase leads to more study areas on the first floor and to the sixth form common room. On the upper level, the learning resource centre offers a further range of study choices and materials and students can use books, journals, periodicals and multimedia resources, as well as accessing a wealth of information from the Internet on one of the many computer workstations.
Although many A-Level lessons will take place throughout the body of the school in specialist subject classrooms, studios and laboratories, it is not difficult to see why so many sixth formers naturally gravitate towards the Cooke Centre.
But don’t just take our word for it; come and see for yourself!