Torfaen Learning Zone

Torfaen Learning Zone hosts special guests

25 October 2021

Although our Torfaen Learning Zone Campus opened earlier this year for teaching and learning, we were only able to hold a small, socially-distanced event to mark the occasion due to COVID restrictions at the time. So, we haven’t yet had the chance to properly celebrate the fantastic new facilities on offer to learners in Cwmbran. So, last week, we held an official opening celebration with our partners at Torfaen County Borough Council, which was attended by VIPs and special guests from Welsh Government. 

The celebration took place in the impressive theatre space in Torfaen Learning Zone, with speeches from Coleg Gwent Principal, Guy Lacey; Senedd Member, Lynne Neagle; Torfaen Council Leader, Anthony Hunt; and Executive Member for Education, Councillor Richard Clark. During the speeches, an official plaque was unveiled for the campus, and guests were then given tours of the building led by learners from the campus who talked about the facilities on offer. 

With over 1200 learners enrolled at Torfaen Learning Zone, the first year at our new campus is already proving to be a success. We saw exceptional A and AS Level results during the summer, and the new academic year has got off to a flying start. Our learners and staff are enjoying making the most of the state-of-the-art facilities and bright airy spaces on offer at the campus.  

Here’s what some of the students have to say about their experiences at Torfaen Learning Zone so far:

Prshux Kapdee, aged 17 from Blaenavon and Maisie Mutlow, aged 16 from Abersychan were both former pupils at Aberyschan Comprehensive. Maisie, now studying A Level Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Drama, said: “I love this college. The teachers trust you and teach you like a grown up.” 

Prshux, who is studying A Level Biology, Psychology, Maths and Further Maths, commented: “I’m enjoying it a lot and enjoying all my subjects. The location is great and students with big gaps between lessons can pop into town.” 

Leah Walters was a former Croesyceiliog pupil and spent a year studying in Hereford before switching to Torfaen Learning Zone. Leah who is studying A Level Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy and Law, explained: “There are loads of student study spaces. I’m really enjoying the subjects and the teachers here are really helpful. The campus is very spacious and there are lots of facilities and approachable staff who are very easy to talk to. 

Macy Richards, aged 17, travels from Newport and is studying A Level Chemistry, Biology and Maths. She said: “Along with the amazing facilities, the environment here is a lot nicer as your mental health is paramount to making sure you do well and students are given the support they need.” 

Find out more about studying at Torfaen Learning Zone at our next virtual open event where you can meet the tutors, discover our range of courses and support services, and take virtual tours of the fantastic new campus. Register here!