Pendle MP opens area’s first academy

MP Andrew Stephenson unveils a plaque to officially open the new Central Pendle Academy in Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons

MP Andrew Stephenson unveils a plaque to officially open the new Central Pendle Academy in Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons

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Pendle’s first academy has been officially opened and staff, students and governors were delighted to welcome Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson to attend and officiate at the opening ceremony.

Central Pendle Academy oin Dent Street off Burnley Road, Colne, was previously know as Primet High School. Its pupils are largely from Colne, Nelson and Barrowford.

Students outside the Central Pendle Academy in Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons

Students outside the Central Pendle Academy in Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons

The academy, which is part of Pendle Education Trust, aims to “Create Positive Futures” and its Principal Janet Walsh spoke of her belief that the new academy would be a real centre of excellence for current and future students, and be a positive part of the local community.

And she said: “As a small establishment we can provide a very personalised education for our students, and our curriculum and pastoral organisation helps to improve their confidence and personal skills ensuring that they do not just gain good qualifications, but also develop the skills and attitudes needed for work and life in the future.

“We’re very excited at what the future holds for us and feel that we are in a very good position to take advantage of the many new educational initiatives that are on offer to us – particularly in terms of preparation for employment.”

Pendle Education Trust was set up by Nelson and Colne College, and the chair of governors for Central Pendle Academy is Amanda Melton, principal of the college. She attended the opening ceremony along with Coun. John David, who is the chair of the trust.

Launch of the Central Pendle Academy in Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons

Launch of the Central Pendle Academy in Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons

Andrew Stephenson explained how pleased and proud he was to be opening the academy and committed his support to it in the future.