Students are stars of the show

Posted on: Friday 22 October 2021
TLZ opening montage

Students, local politicians, representatives of the council and Coleg Gwent have marked the official opening of Torfaen Learning Zone.

Member of Senedd Lynne Neagle unveiled a plaque as part of the event on Thursday, and students took guests on guided tours of the site on Thursday. 

Among them were Prshux Kapdee, 17, from Blaenavon, and Maisie Mutlow, 16, from Abersychan. 

Maisie, who is studying A Level Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Drama, said: “I love this college. The teachers trust you and teach you like a grown up.”

Prshux, who is studying A Level Biology, Psychology, Maths and Further Maths, said: “I’m enjoying it a lot and enjoying all my subjects. The location is great and students with big gaps between lessons can pop into town.”

Leah Walters was a former Croesyceiliog pupil and spent a year studying in Hereford before switching to the Torfaen Learning Zone.

Leah, who is studying A Level Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy and Law, said: “There are loads of student study spaces. I’m really enjoying the subjects and the teachers here are really helpful.”

Macy Richards, 17 travels from Newport and is studying A Level Chemistry, Biology and Maths.

Macy said: “Along with the amazing facilities, the environment here is a lot nicer as your mental health is paramount to making sure you do well and students are given the support they need.”

The £24m centre, which is home to all post-16 education in the borough, has been open to students since April, but the official opening was postponed because of coronavirus restrictions. 

Since then, more than 1,300 students have enrolled onto A-Level courses, a range of vocational qualifications, foundation degrees and the Welsh Baccalaureate. 

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