Inspired to learn

NEXT week is back to school week for children across Derbyshire, as they wave goodbye to the six week holiday to see in the start of a new term.

The summer has been a great time for schools in the county, with 2,700 students achieving record A level results, and GCSE results at an all time high. So we are devoting this week’s installment of the Derbyshire Times’ I’m Inspired campaign, to all the inspiring centres for learning in the county. From primary schools to colleges, Derbyshire is full of inspirational teachers and pupils, who continue to work to improve education in the county.

The recent Derbyshire Times’ Best in School awards showcased some of education’s unsung heroes, while the monthly Times Education supplement proves the inspiring talent of local youngsters. And it isn’t just schools who have been inspiring people to learn in Derbyshire. An innovative centre designed to protect Derbyshire’s rural heritage celebrates its first anniversary this month, having spent the last year educating almost 800 people in sustainable and eco-friendly living.

The Derbyshire Eco Centre in Middleton-by-Wirksworth was set up in September 2010 - at a cost of £1.4m - to expand the number of courses the county council offers to help maintain the area’s rural heritage.

There are 90 courses on offer at the site, giving people the opportunity to learn everything from computing and construction to natural history and creative writing. And to celebrate the centre’s successful first 12 months people are invited along to free workshops on the weekend of September 11 - 12, to create a commemorative mosaic which will go on display. Cllr Longden, said: “The courses we offer not only enable us to do this but also help local people live sustainable lifestyles with courses helping them to save money and protect the environment. “We hope to build on the success of the centre and have planned a wide range of courses including an introduction to stained glass, woodland and countryside management, charcoal making as well as family fun activities.”

People who would like to take part can pre-book by calling 01629 533038 or they can turn up on the day although children under 16 must be accompanied.

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