Grantham College’s Learning Development Centre, made possible by a £934,000 grant from the Education Funding Agency, was officially opened last Friday by Grantham MP Nick Boles.
The centre has been designed to meet the needs of students with learning difficulties and disabilities, by providing a dedicated suite of facilities including a state-of-the art sensory room, an accessible kitchen, and specialist classrooms.
Mr Boles said: “As minister for skills and business it is lovely to be invited to open a premises which is developing skills in my own constituency.”
CEO and principal of Grantham College Linda Houtby said: “The new Learning Development Centre is a really vital component of the college’s offer to its local community. It will enable the college to respond effectively to the responsibilities placed upon it by the Children’s and Families Act as well as meeting the needs of young people and their families close to their homes.”
The opening also saw a great turnout from staff, students and parents, alongside architects RG+P, contractors Keyhams and Grantham’s Mayor and Mayoress.
Guests were taken on a tour of the centre, during which Mr Boles took questions from students and spoke to them about what they thought of the new facilities, which also comprise of an IT suite, personal care area, first aid and physiotherapy room.
Mayor Ian Selby said: “I am extremely impressed how Grantham College are helping people with learning disabilities.
“Levels of disability vary greatly, and spending nearly £1 million to provide this wonderful facility is a bargain as it will now provide and contribute greatly towards giving many disabled people a chance and hope for the future.
“You cannot put a price on giving them the chance of independence, a job, or even a possible home.”