The Open Learning Centre is an innovative resource which is open to students and members of the community.
Our aims are:
· To provide and maintain a suitable environment, in which students may carry out self directed learning, making use of both books and ICT resources,
· To provide a welcoming environment in which members of the public can access their community library for the purpose of recreation and study.
Open Learning Centre Activities
We organize lunchtime activities including reading groups and games clubs.
On Wednesday afternoons we run a free course “Computing Across the Generations” when sixth form students teach a range of I.T. skills to members of the community.
We produce our own newspaper “Open and Learn” which is put together by students, who design the layout, take photographs and submit articles.
The Open Learning Centre is a member of Blyth Valley Heritage Ltd and students are encouraged to take an interest in local history. A group recently visited Blyth Battery.
Open Learning Centre Events
Events which are open to the community include the annual Macmillan “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning”.
Local children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge are invited to a party and presented with medals and certificates.
The annual Blyth School commemoration of Remembrance is hosted in the Open Learning Centre when refreshments are served to guests including forces veterans.
Open Learning Centre Fundraising
During 2009/10 we raised over £1000 for charitable and other good causes.
We raised £500 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation through a community coffee day.
Messages on Valentines raised funds for the Cardiac Care Unit at the Freeman Hospital.
We collected toiletries and clothing for the People’s Kitchen.