September 24, 2008

A New Start for School

A HIGH school became a learning village today as part of a pounds 12m revamp of education in a North East town.

Cramlington Community High School has been renamed Cramlington Learning Village and will cater for pupils aged 11 to 18.

It was formally opened today as part of Northumberland County Council's programme to replace its three-tier education system of first, middle and high schools, with a two-tier system of primary and secondary schools.

The new education centre is based around the idea of a village street with a campus-style school and four modern teaching blocks linked by a tensile fabric roof to provide a covered communal area for pupils.

Headteacher Derek Wise said: "The junior learning village has been designed to provide learning spaces which develop 21st Century skills such as independent learning, team work, collaboration and use of ICT.

"The children have already expressed their delight at the facilities and are motivated to work hard."

Trevor Doughty, executive director of children's services for Northumberland County Council, is thrilled with the new facilities.

He said: "I'm delighted with the junior learning village and the opportunities that are going to be available to pupils from the age of 11.

"It is an innovative, fresh approach to creating fit-for-purpose learning environments and a first for Northumberland."

The village has been developed as part of the council's Putting the Learner First programme

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