Twenty-one years of Open Learning in Kingston

Sindhi Channa, Clive Holmes, Dorota Drodz, Philip Webb, Roopa Jones, Kelly Lavender and The Mayor, Cllr Ken Smith.

Council leaders, learners, tutors, governors and staff from Kingston Adult Education’s Open Learning Programme joined together on 17 April to celebrate 21 years of adult learning in the community.

Scott Herbertson from Kingston Council, who was involved in setting up the programme 21 years ago, began the celebrations with Jean Garvey who started teaching English at the Open Learning Centre in 1994 and is still teaching English today.

Kingston Adult Education has been providing free functional skills and GCSE courses in maths and English for adults since 1994; the hub of this learning programme is the Open Learning Centre, which is in Kingston Town Centre.

Adults have the opportunity to improve their maths and English for many reasons such as helping their children with their homework, gain a qualification to improve employment and higher education opportunities or to achieve the GCSE qualification that they missed out on in school.

Councillor Ken Smith, Mayor of Kingston, said:

“Hundreds of adults attend for many different reasons and so far over 4,000 learners have passed through the doors at the Open Learning Centre, Kingston and King Charles Centre, Surbiton.

“All Open Learning tutors are highly qualified and very committed to improving the skills of the learners, many of whom achieve qualifications, gain confidence and go on to fulfil lifelong ambitions.”

Registration for free maths and English courses beginning in September 2015 is available now. For further information and to register please contact the Open Learning Centre on 020 8547 6436 or drop in and see us.