Courses in Barrow

Courses in Barrow

Hi, I'm Leigh, the Barrow Centre Manager

I joined Barrow Community Learning and Skills just over two years ago, having worked in Adult Education for many years, as both a teacher and Manager, and have enjoyed developing relationships with partner organisations to ensure that we deliver the adult learning that is needed in our community, meeting the needs of local business and supporting learners in reaching their potential.

At Barrow Community Learning and Skills, we offer a wide range of courses across the whole of Barrow, to allow you either to gain a qualification or to learn a new skill.  These courses are a mixture of online teaching and face-to-face teaching in a range of local venues. 

Whether you know what you would like to learn or are still looking for some inspiration, get in touch with the team and we will help you find the perfect course. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Meet the Team
Jennifer Cleghorn – Business Support
Jen has been working within Adult Learning with the Council since 2004, both as a tutor and as Business Support. Now full time in the office, she is available to help learners with their enquiries, carry out initial assessments, and assist with completing enrolment forms.
Lorraine Bilton – Community Development Worker
Lorraine has worked for Barrow Community Learning since April 2019. During that time, she has enjoyed developing relationships with partner organisations and schools in the area. Lorraine has found it very rewarding to see learners progressing and growing in confidence.
Since graduating in 2000, Lorraine has worked in marketing roles for a variety of organisations in the public, private and charity sectors.
Our Tutors
Danielle Aspinwall – Community Learning Tutor
Danielle is a practicing artist and designer, who has experience of teaching a wide range of adult learners. She is approachable, friendly and passionate and creates a safe place in the classroom for people to feel at ease and able to engage with creativity at any level.
Debbie Robley – Digital Tutor
Debbie has taught digital classes for many years and to learners with varying abilities and needs. Debbie makes her lessons fun for the learners, whilst enabling them to acquire new skills as well as boost their own confidence and self-esteem.  When she is not teaching, she enjoys walking her dogs in the countryside or on the beach.
Julie Boal - Employability Tutor

Julie joined Barrow Community Learning as a tutor in 2017, and wanted to be able to use her knowledge and experience to move others in to work.  Julie has worked with some amazing learners, helping and supporting them to improve their self-belief, and getting them in a position to join the world of work.

Julie enjoys keeping fit, jogging and taking walks with her family, in all the amazing places on our doorstep.

Julie Jackson - English and Drama Tutor
Julie Jackson is an experienced English and Drama teacher and Actor. She taught English and Drama at a Barrow Secondary School for many years. She now teaches Functional Skills and GCSE English to adults for Barrow CLAS.
Kevin Bolton – English Tutor
Kevin began working for Community Learning and Skills as an adult literacy tutor and then went onto working with students with profound learning difficulties and disabilities.  Kevin is now a fully trained specialist in working with students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
Rebecca Brighton – ESOL Tutor
Rebecca is a dedicated and talented teacher, with many years' experience in the teaching of English to Speakers of Other languages, both here and abroad.  Rebecca won the Council Award for Customer Service in 2018, and is committed to her learners, and in enabling them to achieve their full potential.
Patricia Gibson – Family Learning and English Tutor
Pat teaches Functional Skills English to adults who wish to gain a qualification in the subject and is an expert in Adult Social Care.
Pat has also been delivering family learning in the local primary schools for Barrow CLAS for just over a year, and as a former primary school teacher, understands how children learn and enjoys teaching parents too.
Chris Fonth – ESOL Tutor
Chris is a qualified teacher specialising in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and has experience teaching in Japan, Spain and the UK.  Chris believes that we learn best when we are relaxed and having fun, so makes learning English as enjoyable as possible for his learners.
Germaine Chatterton – Digital Tutor
Germaine has been teaching ICT since 2006, delivering to learners with a diverse range of abilities. Before becoming a teacher, she was an IT professional, working in the IT industry.  Germaine's lessons are engaging, challenging yet informal, and she encourages learners to move beyond their comfort zone, in order to boost their confidence in ICT.
Abel Diaz – Spanish Tutor
Abel has worked in Community Learning for a number of years as a Spanish tutor.  A native Spanish speaker, originating from Chile, he teaches a number of levels, from Intermediate to more advanced.
Victoria Peake – Community Learning Tutor
Victoria is an artist and printmaker, with a Fine Art degree, who teaches a wide range of arts and crafts, including Pottery.  Victoria is a qualified and experienced Community Learning and Skills tutor.
Phone

One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your learning queries

01229 820700

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Email

We aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours (excluding weekends).

barrowclas@cumbria.gov.uk

Address
Barrow Community Learning and Skills Centre
Cambridge Street
Barrow-in-Furness
Cumbria
LA13 9RP