Today, Friday 10 October, saw the Minister for Skills Nick Boles MP officially open the new Learning Development Centre at Grantham College.
A great turnout from staff, students, architects RG+P and contractors Keyhams as well as corporation member’s, parents of students on courses in the Learning Development Centre, special guests and the Mayor and Mayoress were all in attendance to see Linda Houtby CEO and Principal of Grantham College welcome Mr Boles to the centre.
The centre is the outcome of a grant of £934,000 from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) last August to create a dedicated suite of facilities for students with learning difficulties to help them continue studying after mainstream school.
The funding has enabled specialist classrooms, a personal care area, an accessible kitchen and sensory room, IT suite, first aid and physiotherapy room to be built allowing the college to grow its provision to meet the demand from the local area.
The funding which came from Demographic Growth Capital Fund was aimed at creating a facility that is safe and secure meeting the needs of more students, building on existing facilities that were put into place in 2012, providing the capacity to accommodate growth in transition students and those on the autistic spectrum.
After the official opening, where Mr Boles congratulated the college on giving back to the community with the new facilities as well as congratulating them on the acquisition of Stonebridge House, guests were given tours of the new centre where students were continuing their classes. Mr Boles took the time to talk to one class of students who were thrilled to tell him about what they thought of the new facilities.
A special cake was made by Learning Support Assistant Agnes Speck which incorporated the logos for Keyham Construction and RG+P, a continental buffet was loving created by Learning Development Centre staff member Sarah Ellis and her husband Ian, a chef. Drinks were served by hospitality and catering students whilst the plaque and opening surround were carefully crafted by Carpentry staff member Tom Devereaux and curtains delicately stitched by Deb Johnson Executive PA.