Students and staff have smartened up and sharpened up at Buckinghamshire University’s new Technical College (UTC), according to principal Bev Flanagan.
Speaking on the first day of timetabled sessions, Ms Flanagan said she was pleased with how the opening few weeks had gone at the new £10 million facility.
She said: “The students have really embraced the experience and the way we do things here.
“They have got used to the longer days and having to wear suits.
“From what I have seen so far they appear to be very dedicated and keen to learn.
“They are working very well in their teams and I think they are beginning to feel a real sense of belonging.”
The technical college, in Oxford Road next to Aylesbury College, offers courses in construction and IT to students aged between 14 and 19.
George Castle, 16, who is studying IT said he had enjoyed working on the projects so far.
He said: “My favourite one so far was when our group created a website where inventors could put ideas online and investors could then decide to put money into whichever idea they liked.
“We designed it so it was like a virtual online Dragons Den.”
The students also said that they were beginning to adapt to the new lifestyle.
Shola John Forbes, 14, who is studying IT said: “I am beginning to settle in now.
“I am finding the work both challenging and fun and I feel now I am ready to start regular classes.”
Andrew Broybrook, 16, who is also on the IT course added: “I am starting to get use to the routine here and to the longer days.
“I like wearing a suit as well, as it makes me feel more mature .
“Every day, I am starting to feel more at home here.”