Axe falls on adult classes in the valley

ADULT education courses have been axed in the Spen Valley due to so few people signing up.

Sunday, 4th September 2011, 7:01 am

Kirklees College, which runs the courses, has brought an end to the last remaining classes taking place during the evenings at Whitcliffe Mount School.

In previous years, classes were also held at Liversedge Parish Hall and at Heckmondwike Grammar School.

The college has also slashed the number of sites in South Kirklees, with those in the north having to rely on Dewsbury, Batley and Ossett.

The number of classes offered in Spen has fallen dramatically in recent years due to the fall in demand. In 2009-10 there were 46 courses on offer, but only 28 last year.

However, the college has said that it wants to ensure Spen people are not left out when courses for 2012/13 are planned.

Director of curriculum Sandra Burnhill said: “We plan to put on Saturday courses and will employ a development worker to work with the community to find out what courses they would like to see offered.

“I can assure the people of the Spen Valley that we will be working with them to re-focus and look at new ways of providing what they want.

“We welcome their support in designing the future of adult learning in this difficult economic climate.”

Cleckheaton councillor Kath Pinnock (Lib Dem) said it was ‘outrageous’ that adults in the Spen Valley had to travel more than five-miles to their nearest learning centre.

“This is really disappointing because two-thirds of courses are held in Huddersfield Centres, with only one-third in North Kirklees, in Batley and Dewsbury.”

l Contact Batley Adult Education team on 01924 465916 to let them know what courses you want in the Spen Valley and to take part in focus groups.