New learning resource centre opens at college

PUBLISHED: 09:30 13 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:40 13 October 2014

Axminster Mayor Jeremy Walden cuts the ribbon at the  The Axe Valley Community College's new learning resource centre watched by Headteacher Martin Smith

Axminster Mayor Jeremy Walden cuts the ribbon at the The Axe Valley Community College's new learning resource centre watched by Headteacher Martin Smith

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Axminster Mayor urges students to develop a life-long passion for reading

Some of the young librarians at The Axe Valley Community College's new learning resource centre.Some of the young librarians at The Axe Valley Community College's new learning resource centre.

A new Learning Resource Centre has been officially opened at The Axe Valley Community College.

Axminster Mayor Jeremy Walden cut the tape after telling Year 7 students about the special place reading has in his life and how important it was to develop a life-long passion for it.

Headteacher Martin Smith said the new centre represented a change in philosophy.

“We wanted to create an environment which inspires our students to read more while in school,” he said. “Library loans have always been very strong, especially since the introduction of the Accelerated Reader scheme six years ago. However, our old library was cramped and did not invite young people to want to sit and read.

“Now, we have stripped out a lot of the less-used non-fiction material and extended the number of PCs available, to ensure that all students can undertake research. The extra space generated has been used to create comfortable seating areas where students can relax and read.

“I would like to thank Mayor Waldon for his support and special thanks goes to Mrs Roberts – our new co-ordinator – for the sterling job she has done in creating the new centre.”

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