An investment of twenty two million pounds in recent years has transformed Carmel College into a truly outstanding and inspiring place of learning. Additions to Carmel's existing campus include the Notre Dame Centre for Art & Design, the West Park Building and the Dalton Building.
In Spring 2009 the Notre Dame Centre for Art and Design was completed.
- The two storey contemporary building has 6 large specialist art studios
- A technical workshop; dedicated ICT rooms
- Specialist facilities such as a sewing room, dye print room, dark room and kiln room
- Student resources and tutorial area
- A vast ground floor, glass fronted Gallery running the full length of the building.
In August 2009, West Park
, the college’s main teaching block
- Outstanding facilities for the Sciences, Law, I.C.T., Philosophy and Religion, History, Geography, English, Sociology, Psychology, Modern Languages and Foundation Learning.
- Large, airy classrooms all equipped with multi-media facilities and interactive whiteboards
- Dedicated student work areas and ICT suites
- Tutorial rooms with associated space for individual student advice and guidance.
- Specialist facilities including 9 Science Laboratories, a Modern Languages Digital Lab, and a fully furnished Flat plus a training garden for the Foundation Learning department.
In September 2010, the Dalton Building was completed.
- Dalton Theatre, which seats an audience of 200
- Dance Studio & performance areas
- Teaching and learning rooms including ICT facilities
- Changing and showering facilities
- Student Services Centre providing students with a “one-stop-shop” for information and advice.
All subject areas have access to their own I.T. facilities and the new buildings are “wi-fi enabled” to allow staff and students to access the internet anywhere. As part of the College’s “green heating and lighting strategy”, the new buildings are “controlled” by an “intelligent building management system” to ensure optimum efficiency. State-of-the-art “air cooling systems” are used throughout; the lighting is controlled using sensors to detect, and automatically adjust the level of additional lighting required in individual areas throughout the day.
The new buildings are complemented by the careful landscaping of the College grounds. A central college Courtyard makes the best possible use of the space to provide students, staff and visitors with a pleasant outdoor area in which to work or relax. Two 3G all-weather sports training pitches are welcome additions to the College’s existing sports facilities and the boundaries of the college have been planted with native species of trees and shrubs to encourage wildlife. The outstanding facilities that have been created certainly match Carmel College's outstanding reputation and will provide an inspiring environment for future generations.
What the inspectors say...
“Resources for learning are good. Computers are plentiful and readily accessible to learners.” Ofsted