Issued: November 1, 2016
Sixth Form students "buzzing" as they prepare to show off The Hive
PICTURES: (left to right) Sixth Form students Madeleine Ross, Joe Flynn, Grace Holden, Eleanor Davies and Georgia Edmondson with Head of School Helen Gascoyne outside The Hive CLICK HERE and HERE
PICTURE: (left to right) James Lillingston (chair of governors), Sue Jinxs (business manager), Valerie Metcalfe (vice-chair of governors) and Christian Cavanagh (executive headteacher) at the opening of The Hive CLICK HERE
Students at Debden Park High School who are "flourishing" in their new Sixth Form Centre are preparing to welcome potential newcomers at the school's Sixth Form Open Evening.
The Hive - which gets its name from the school motto 'It is all about the Bs' - which include Be Proud, Be Involved, Be Challenged, Be Inspired and Be Exceptional - opened for the start of the current academic year.
The building, just yards from the main building, was 'delivered' as a 'made to measure' structure which the school describes as a 'Tardis'.
Relatively small-looking from the outside, the two-storey building has eight classrooms as well as a students' common room and independent study space, plus offices and toilets.
For the students, it is a much welcomed addition offering them independence from the rest of the school.
Sixth Form student Joe Flynn, who has been at Debden Park since Year 7, said: "The environment is great and the teachers are brilliant in every way and it wasn't really a hard choice (to stay on at Debden Park for Sixth Form).
"The facilities are really, really good. Everything is accessible which is great for us to study and revise. The class sizes are not too big and everyone gets individual teaching too."
Fellow Sixth Form student Madeleine Ross added: "Now that we are more divided from the rest of the students we have more space and time to do our own thing.
"We don't get distracted by anything else. We have our own free room upstairs where we can study independently, and that really helps."
Eleanor Davies, who was last year's Head Girl, said: "I've been treated so well and have had the best possible experience over the past five years and have a really special relationship with my teachers that I don't think you would find anywhere else.
"We are so lucky here not only with the learning and the way we are taught but with the teachers and it does help to have our own building because you feel more independent."
She added: "The facilities are brilliant, I don't think you could ask for anything better."
Georgia Edmondson welcomed the support she receives from staff.
She said: "I just feel that they are so dedicated and have your best interests at heart which is hard to find anywhere else."
Grace Holden, who moved to Debden Park from its 'sister school' King Harold Academy, said: "We don't have to be cramped with the other years and you get very good support from teachers."
Visitors to the Sixth Form Open Evening, between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday, November 17, will be able to look round The Hive and the school's other facilities, and see what life as a Sixth Form student is like at Debden Park.
Head of School Helen Gascoyne said: "The Sixth Form students are flourishing in their own space. We are leading the way with facilities for Sixth Form students across the Epping Forest District Sixth Form Consortium (which includes King Harold Academy, Epping St John's and Roding Valley).
"The Hive offers independent space for our Sixth Form students and is also somewhere for the other students to aspire to be in."
She added: "The new block has lifted the whole school. There is very much a buzz about the whole place and the students know that they will be successful here."
Director of Sixth Form Hayley Martin-Burns said: "Students have said that Debden Park is their preferred choice for their education, and now that there is the Sixth Form, and they can continue their education here, they can experience the whole seven-year journey."
For more information about the Sixth Form Open Evening ring the school on 020 8418 1202.