New academy makes ‘big bang’

NEW NAME: Central Pendle Academy's different sign.
NEW NAME: Central Pendle Academy's different sign.

Newly-named Central Pendle Academy – which used to be Primet High – made a “Big Bang” at the newly-opened £7 million Sir Bill Taylor Futures Centre at Blackburn College.

The Colne Dent Street school joined pupils from other secondary schools and sixth forms at a tour of the impressive Futures Centre at the Big Bang event.

Central Pendle’s Year 10 student Samiha Hussain got the chance to try out the Total Station – which is the latest in surveying equipment – while Chad-Lee Picot got a close-up look at how structures are made as part of the structural engineering section.

Students got the chance to go behind the cameras at the state-of-the-art TV studio and film a live band, tried out some science experiments in the newly-built labs and learned how the replica eco-house works.

Sir Bill Taylor, chairman of the college’s corporation board, said: “We encourage prospective students to have a look around our superb new Futures Centre. This is a big opportunity for young people to learn while utilising the most up-to-date equipment, whether it’s engineering, science, maths or media.

“It will prepare them fully for life after education and give them the skills to take into their careers and help to regenerate industry in the UK.”

The school’s name has changed now that it is an academy – Pendle’s first.