AN innovative new learning centre for teenagers has opened in Stroud.

Create, which caters for 14 to 16 year olds, was officially opened at the SGS campus earlier this month with a ceremony which brought together students, parents and governors.

Special guest of honour was former SGS learner Oliver Bruce, who officially opened the centre.

Oliver is an entrepreneur, podcaster, investor, and CEO of PinPoint Media, a tech-driven content marketing agency.

His unconventional educational journey, marked by challenges like ADHD, dyslexia, and dyspraxia, has fuelled his advocacy for more adaptable and accessible education.

Oliver believes that college was where genuine education took place for him, away from the rigidity of the school system.

SGS Principal Sara-Jane Watkins said: "We are delighted to celebrate the opening of SGS Create and are immensely grateful to everyone who played a part in making this important and much-needed provision a reality.

"With this new centre, young people have the opportunity to thrive and truly enjoy their education.

"SGS Create will empower learners, challenge traditional educational norms and foster an environment where students can thrive.

"We would like to extend our thanks to Gloucestershire County Council and Stroud District Council for their invaluable support."

The self-contained unit is based within the existing Stroud campus.

"A meticulously planned layout incorporates natural elements, including abundant natural light, to cultivate a calming atmosphere which fosters concentration and creativity," added Ms Watkins.

The successful completion of the construction project was made thanks to funding from Stroud District Council's community infrastructure levy.

SDC environment committee chair Chloe Turner said: "We are delighted to support the 14-16 SGS Create Centre.

"Its innovative approach encourages inclusivity, especially for the vocational sectors, which are an important part of the Stroud economy.

"A key part of the Council’s Plan is to ensure that new housing is sustainable. We are carefully investing funding to provide the facilities and services that people need, such as educational facilities, leisure services, roads and environmental improvements."

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