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Old fire house transforms into learning centre

Published Thursday, 11 October 2012

Danny Crates, 800m Paralympic Champion 2004, helps to open Enfield’s new centre.

West Lea

A derelict house in Edmonton, once the home of the fire chief, has been transformed into a specialist ‘Learning for Life Centre’ where young people can learn the skills they need for independent living.

The centre is an annexe of West Lea School a Specialist Sports College and has been renovated and designed for young people aged 14-19.

The cost of construction and renovation was funded through a successful bid to the government in partnership with the Council and West Lea School. 

West Lea’s Deputy Head Teacher, John Lambern, said, “This unique facility will enable our students to experience learning that will prepare them for future life.  We are particularly pleased that Danny Crates, 800m Paralympic Champion 2004, who has been a television commentator for the recent Paralympic Games, joined us at our official opening.”

The building has superb facilities that will enable students to achieve their independence and allow them to work within the heart of the community. 

Students at the centre develop their life skills and independence through activities such as cooking, using local community facilities and decision making, as well as studying courses that help them to progress into post 16 pathways or the world of work.

West Lea is also linking up with local schools so that more young people can enjoy flexible learning programmes at the Centre.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield’s cabinet member for children and young people, said, “This is truly an exciting time for the young people using this centre. It promotes positive learning where they are encouraged to make decisions.”

West Lea headteacher, Sue Tripp, added, “Learning for life is a vital part of education for all young people. At this centre our students can learn the skills that will see them through and help them to overcome any difficulties.

“The centre presents real-life situations where they can learn to solve everyday problems with their classmates. Building contractors, Cosmur, have done a wonderful job – and thanks must also go to West Lea staff, the council and all those who could see the potential of this building as a place for some serious learning.”                                       

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