A new sixth form centre was opened with help from a special guest.

Copthall School, Pursley Road, Mill Hill, opened its newly redesigned sixth form centre with help from former politician and broadcaster Trevor Phillips OBE.

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The sixth form centre has a new open study area so girls can socialise and work in groups, along with an additional space for quiet study and a cafe to be up and running from September 2017.

While sharing his own experiences with staff and pupils, Mr Phillips said: "Everyone has a chance to succeed in life whatever your starting point or background.

"Sixth form is a crucial part of your education that shapes who you are as a person. It is where you make lifelong friendships.

"Everyone can excel at something; it’s about finding out what that is and going for it."

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Mr Phillips has been the head of the Commission for Racial Equality and chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.