The project is part-funded by the Skills Funding Agency and the college.

An open event for prospective students is planned at the college on Wednesday 11th June where plans for the £2.9 million refurbishment will be on display; visitors will also be able to view the recently refurbished learning zone on the campus.

The final engagement for the outgoing mayor of Stratford, Cllr Diane Walden, was to help Stratford College students celebrate their academic success at their annual awards ceremony held at the Stratford ArtsHouse.

It was also a double celebration for Cllr Walden who celebrated her birthday the same day. Students sang a rendition of Happy Birthday before presenting her with a cake.

Guest of honour was Martin Doel, chief executive of the Association of Colleges.