£1 million rural studies centre for special needs students in Cornwall

A new education centre costing nearly £1 million is to be built in Cornwall to help give special needs students better access to learning opportunities.

The purpose-built centre is to be constructed at Duchy College’s Stoke Climsland site and will create six new jobs as well as nearly 200 full and part-time training places for students with both learning difficulties and physical disability.

Funding for the £949,000 project is being provided by Objective One, the Learning & Skills Council and Cornwall College.

The new Centre of Special Needs and Rural Studies will offer a range of courses and Cornwall College CEO Alan Stanhope said its creation will be a major step forward in offering better opportunities to students who could end up being excluded from mainstream education and training.

He said: “We are going to create a facility at the Stoke Climsland campus which will provide a high-quality setting for growth in special needs and other learning activities.”

Dr Stanhope added that the creation of the centre is part of the college’s commitment – supported by the Objective One programme – of providing access for all to education and ensuring that both the necessary facilities and equipment are available to make this possible.

Work on building the new centre is due to begin on the 18th March 2002 and the building should be complete and ready for use by December 2002

Funding is being provided through a grant – approved through the Objective One programme - of £380,000 from the European Regional Development Fund, £199,000 from the Learning & Skills Council and £370,000 from Cornwall College.


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Jason Clark
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