Scarborough Sixth Form has a brand new look following a £3 million investment.
Changes have been made over the last few years in both buildings and resources, giving a more university type feel to the college.
The original exterior of the old Girls School remains, however interior has been much improved creating a more spacious and modern environment.
Students now benefit from Café 6, a new coffee bar and shop; The Hub, a social study space for students and a new Learning Resource Centre, which is for quieter, independent study.
A college spokeswoman said that the reaction from students has been extremely positive with a noticeable, more grown-up atmosphere around college.
Emily Painter, a former Graham school student studying at the college, said: “If you have a free period and you’ve done all of your homework, then the new Café 6 is a blissful place to relax and recap on your day.”
A new music block has been built giving music students access to a state of the art recording studio and a new computer suite.
The college has invested heavily in new computers with a number of new suites around the college including in Media, English and Computing.
Improved science labs have also made a huge difference to those studying Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Applied Science and Geology.
A new seating area in the drama studio, which can be extended as required, has been installed in time for a new BTEC in Performing Arts: Acting and Musical Theatre, running next September.
Also Askham Bryan now has a building on site offering animal management courses.
Tom Potter, college principal, said: “The College has spent around £3 million on improving the facilities, look and feel of the place in the last two years which is absolutely fantastic.
“Students and staff are rightly proud of the environment which has the right mix of being able to study effectively independently and in class as well as being able to relax over a coffee with friends.
“In summer we gutted the Learning Resource Centre and Library as well as the cafeteria; the result is difficult to believe.
“The college is in a really strong position with fabulous facilities, a great range of courses and strong results – it is not surprising that enrolment was strong this September.”
Jenny Foulds, a pharmacist in Scarborough, attended College 1998 – 2000 and has been amazed by how different the college is now.
She said: “Sixth Form has been transformed. I really enjoyed my time when I was here, but there were not many places for students to go in their study period meaning the library was always noisy.
“Now the library not only looks sensational, but is nice and quiet and much more conducive to work. Café 6 looks much more like a café than a canteen and I really enjoyed sitting with a cup of tea and reminiscing about my time here.
“If I was 16 again I would definitely choose to come to Scarborough Sixth Form.”