New college opens up pupils’ options

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero is pictured with staff and students at the opening of the Bracken Hill College and Community Centre on Friday.  They are from left, head teacher Ron McCrossen, Damian Gray in Post 16, chairman of Governors Phil Lakin, teacher Neil Amos and Katie Lambert also in the Post 16 centre.

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero is pictured with staff and students at the opening of the Bracken Hill College and Community Centre on Friday. They are from left, head teacher Ron McCrossen, Damian Gray in Post 16, chairman of Governors Phil Lakin, teacher Neil Amos and Katie Lambert also in the Post 16 centre.

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Opportunities for young people in Kirkby have increased with the official opening of Bracken Hill College.

The college based on Wollaton Road is a new venture by Bracken Hill School with the aim of providing additional vocational skills and training to youngsters who are in post 16 education - but at a separate site from the main school building.

Headteacher Ron McCrossen added: “It’s all about making sure pupils get the chances in our own area and giving them the opportunity to make a difference here rather than having to move on somewhere else. Thanks to this college we’ve now reached a whole another level when to comes to achieving and improving the outcomes and aspirations of our students.”

The school has links with well-known employers in the area such as Morrisons and Linney Group who have supported youngsters in the past with work experience placements.

The project was made possible by Ashfield District Council which leased the site and building to Bracken Hill for the next ten years.

Youngsters will also benefit from the practical skills on offer such as interview techniques, CV writing and how to manage personal budgets.

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero went along to the opening to unveil a special plaque declaring the college officially open.

Ms De Piero said: “With the help of Ashfield District Council they’ve done a remarkable job to transform this site into what is now a terrific place for young people and the wider community to come and use.

“The students, teachers and governors I met were incredibly excited about the future and it’s not hard to see why.

“It has filled me with so much pride to see young people from Ashfield aiming for the top and with support like this they can achieve whatever they want.”