School celebrates centre opening

Mayor Norma Redfearn officially opens Norham High School's new Learning Resource Centre.
Mayor Norma Redfearn officially opens Norham High School's new Learning Resource Centre.

A school has officially opened its new facilities to boost learning for pupils.

Mayor Norma Redfearn was guest of honour to unveil Norham High School’s new state-of-the-art Learning Resource Centre.

The centre at the North Shields school features the latest IT equipment, teaching screens, library facilities and social, breakout areas.

It has been designed with comfortable, contemporary seating and mood lighting to encourage pupils to use the area for informal learning, reading and quiet socialising during the school lunch break.

The centre is also used for teaching and guided study during the school day.

Mrs Redfearn said: “This is a fantastic learning space.

“It’s light, modern, fresh and I can see why pupils are so proud of it and keen to use it during lessons and break time.

“Facilities like this encourage and inspire our children to learn, and I know this new Learning Resource Centre is going to be very well used in the months and years to come.”

The creation of the new Learning Resource Centre is part of an extensive plan of work to drive forward change and improvement at Norham High School.

Executive Headteacher, David Baldwin said: “Norham is changing and this new Learning Resource Centre is just one of the big differences we’ve made here in recent months.

“We wanted to offer an area that would really inspire our pupils, and I believe we’ve done just that.”

“Its popularity tells us we’ve created something our pupils simply love and it’s a delight to come into this area and see it bustling with pupils reading, working or just quietly chatting. Our pupils were closely involved in the design and we’re all very proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Year 7 pupil Jenna Sams added: “We are so lucky to have such an amazing learning space. Everyone thinks it is brilliant and it’s a lovely environment to work in as well as hold our weekly book clubs.”

Following the official opening, Mrs Redfearn enjoyed a guided tour of Norham High School to see more of the latest changes.

The work to create the Learning Resource Centre involved the refurbishment of an existing part of the school building and has been supported by North Tyneside Council.