Chantry Academy adult learning courses to begin again in September after success of first group

The massgae and complementary therapy course celebrate their success. (Top) L-R Kayleigh and Kim E

The massgae and complementary therapy course celebrate their success. (Top) L-R Kayleigh and Kim Esteller. (Bottom) L-R Louise Watson, Kelly Morris, Julie Kett, Clare Louise Thorpe. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The first group of adults to complete 10-week leisure learning courses at Chantry Academy in Ipswich celebrated with a special presentation evening.

Massage workshop at Chantry Academy. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Massage workshop at Chantry Academy. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

In January the course programme was unveiled for the free sessions run by Realise Futures at the school.

Samosa making workshop at Chantry Academy. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Samosa making workshop at Chantry Academy. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

In July the first intake collected their qualifications having completed the courses in a range of areas – including maths, literacy, outdoor skills and Indian cooking.

L-R Sally Butcher, Sue Head, Andrew Darby, Marita Kennedy, Robyn Bechelet. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROW

L-R Sally Butcher, Sue Head, Andrew Darby, Marita Kennedy, Robyn Bechelet. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Chantry Academy principal, Craig D’Cunha said: “Our emphasis here is about saying to people: just because you’ve left school, education is not finished.

Julie Kett giving advice to future adult learners. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Julie Kett giving advice to future adult learners. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

“It’s all about providing people with that opportunity to continue their learning.”

Workshops at Chantry Academy. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Workshops at Chantry Academy. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

During the celebration evening, tasters for the new term were held, with classes due to kick off again in September – and talks already underway about expanding the programme.

Workshops at Chantry Academy. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Workshops at Chantry Academy. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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