WHU Learning Zone Presentation Evening

The WHU Learning Zone held their Presentation Evening in the Castle Suite at Upton Park on Monday night, to celebrate the achievement of the students who attended the 10-week 'Playing For Success' programme.

Over 350 pupils, parents and teachers came to celebrate the achievements of students from:

Primary schools
New City

Secondary schools
St Bonaventures
Sarah Bonnell

Prizes were awarded for Key Skills and Citizenship and to those who made the most Effort and Achievement.

Hammers goalkeeper Robert Green presented the prizes at the event and was interviewed by the 'PfS' graduates and the audience. The event was hosted by the student council members for the sixth term running.

Family Learning sessions have also been running during the daytime at the WHU Learning Zone with Nelson Primary School, funded by Learning Community Services part of Newham Councils Extended Services provision, and their achievements were also celebrated.

The evening was a fantastic opportunity to recognise the achievement of the young people who have worked so hard over the last term and to give prizes to those who have shown so much commitment and effort which is reflected in the high standard of work that was produced.

Both centres are part of a Government led initiative called 'Playing For Success'. This initiative was set up in 1997 to help improve standards of Numeracy, Literacy and ICT and increase pupil motivation to learn by raising pupil self confidence and self esteem.

It is funded by the DFES and by Learning Community Services, NewCEYS and is housed and supported by the West Ham United Football Club and the East London Gymnastics Club.

Over the past year through PfS alone, the centre has given approximately 400 Primary and Secondary Pupils from 18 different schools in Newham, 15 hours of additional learning to help improve their standards of Numeracy, Literacy, ICT and Key Skills. As well as PfS, the centre is involved in running educational programmes for schools, parents and teachers in the local community.

This term has been particularly busy as the centre has been running a Heritage Project ' Building Bubbles' to try to re-engage those who are not involved in education.

Jamie McGachy, Centre manager of the Learning Zone said: "We are very excited to be able to make West Ham United Football Club even more accessible to the local community and bring many diverse parts of the population together to engage in some fascinating projects investigating the shared heritage.

"This project will directly benefit approximately 1,500 participants and will hopefully inspire many more to become involved in heritage activity in the future."

The centres currently offer voluntary mentors the opportunity of gaining an OCN in Mentoring Skills. Please contact Jamie McGachy on 020 8586 8063 if you would like to support young people in Newham in reaching their potential.