Classes dismissed

Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden.
Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden.

Calderdale Council has pledged its commitment to providing learning opportunities in Todmorden despite withdrawing some courses.

Due to low attendances, the council has taken the decision to stop running some classes at Todmorden Community College and move them to Halifax where it says there is greater demand.

The decision means learners attending the affected courses will face a 25-mile round trip to Halifax.

But the council’s adult learning service will continue to provide courses in Todmorden in subjects where there is sufficient demand.

This has led to calls for people to make the most of the classes offered in Todmorden to secure the college’s future.

David Whalley, Calderdale Council’s head of learning services, said: “Calderdale Council’s adult learning service is committed to providing valuable learning opportunities to help transform the lives of local people.

“We continue to offer a vibrant range of courses and workshops in Todmorden, Halifax and Brighouse.

“All courses must have sufficient numbers of learners to make it viable for us to keep running them.

“There continues to be very low attendance at two of our classes in Todmorden – the sewing course, and the art class for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

“On average, less than three people attend each class.

“So from September 2013 we are moving these two classes to Halifax where there is more demand for the subjects.

“The other classes in Todmorden will remain unchanged.

“We are continuing to provide courses there in literacy, numeracy, IT and other subjects where there is sufficient demand.

“We are working with other learning providers who teach sewing in Todmorden, to provide a sewing ‘club’ facility for the small group of learners in their local area.

“Sewing and art classes are also offered in Brighouse.”

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth urged people in Todmorden to use the community college’s facilities as much as possible to secure its future.

“I believe that Todmorden Community College should retain as many courses as possible for local people,” she said.

“It’s inevitable that courses will be withdrawn if people are not using them.

“Going to Halifax would create a whole heap of difficulties for some people.

“I would urge Todmorden residents to use our college as much as possible to secure its future and the future of courses at the college.”