A school in St Albans has officially opened its brand new sixth form centre along with its very own coffee shop.

St Albans School in Abbey Gateway, has increased its workspace and social areas, by introducing its very own Starbucks Café, along with learning facilities designed to prepare students for the transition in to higher education.

The new accommodation, which was made possible with the opening of Aquis Court and financial support from the St Albans Foundation, provides room for more than 300 sixth form students including 70 girls and is more than twice the size of the previous sixth form building.

The classrooms are dedicated to subjects including economics, government and politics, and classics and the new facilities also include a new IT room, washroom and changing facilities.

Rose Hardy, joint headteacher of the sixth form, said the new centre has the feel of a university building.

She said:  “Sixth formers need the appropriate facility to study and relax and the elegant space provided by Aquis Court is the perfect environment for the students, and also for our own teams to provide pastoral care.

“The introduction of a Starbucks Café was by popular demand and the students insisted on a Fair Trade supplier.

“Our catering contractors were able to deliver and the café area has been decorated by the students and includes comfortable leather sofas and chairs to relax.”