Category Archives: Learn

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Get it before it’s gone!

This is the last term of the academic year. We have a number of courses on offer for this term the booking is moving slowly at the moment. If you have seen any that you like please get in touch quickly. Over  the next 7 days courses will be cancelled due to lack of numbers, so the time to act is now before it’s gone. Please contact Janet on 07759115142 our Learning Advisor at the Link.

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Art Exhibition

During the academic year we have a range of Adult Education classes on. One of the popular classes is Painting for all. This runs on three nights a week and Roger has good class numbers. This year a number of his students are involved in an art exhibition. It is a chance to show case their work and the chance to make a sale. The exhibition is open to all and details are attached. If you have ever fancied painting please get in touch with Janet the Learning Advisor at With the help and encouragement  you will be surprises how effectively you can paint in a short time.


 Roger the Art tutor pictured above.

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Adult Education Courses

After Easter the following  courses are on offer here at Sandbach school at Learn at the Link. Please have a look and share with family and friends.

Click HERE for all the information

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introduction to Photography one day workshop 29/04/2017

Steve Watts is our Photography tutor at community learning. He has been running successful classes for a number of years. His latest class has recently had work on display at Keele university. They have each produced some excellent work.


This one day workshop is for anyone that wishes to understand the ‘basics’ of photography and how their camera works.

A great opportunity for you to gain ‘hands on’ photography and technical knowledge conveyed by Steve Watts who has been teaching photography for a number of years. He is a professional photographer who enjoys passing on his knowledge and experience to others in a relaxed and fun way.

***Please note:  You will need to bring your own refreshments and lunch to this one day workshop***

This one day workshop is a good stepping stone to joining Steve’s Photography for Beginners course which will be an evening course offered in September 2017.  The September course starts from ‘scratch’ and guides you through each step of using your equipment whether it’s a compact, bridge or an SLR camera. You will be working your way through the meaning of all the dials on your camera; auto modes, program mode, A.S and M modes, camera flash and develop a good understanding of composition.

Many past students have gone on to exhibit their photographs in competitions and several have moved in to Professional Photography posts so whatever your ambitions in Photography this is the perfect place to start.

Feedback received from Steve’s students:

“I’ve learnt so much about photography on this course and I thank Steve for taking the time to help me when I have been struggling.”

“Very knowledgeable tutor, good individual advice.”

“I gained confidence using my camera.  I learnt everything I had hoped and more.”

For more information please click HERE

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Tai Chi

Tai Chi is back for another course. If you book before the 6th February then you pay for only five weeks.

This course shall be running in the Drama studio on a Monday evening 7-8pm. It will commence on the 13th February 2017.

Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise and works on your

mind and physical strength. Geoff has been teaching Tai Chi for many years travels world wide to increase his knowledge of this craft.

For any further details please email Alternatively telephone the office on 01270758886 or out of hours 07759115142



Young attractive man making Thai-chi movements on the beach of Black sea


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Knit and Natter with Jane

Knit and Natter with Jane: Wednesday Evenings, Sandbach School, 7-9pm, beginning 23rdNovember 2016  FREE!

  • Are you an experienced knitter who would enjoy chatting and sharing ideas & experience with like-minded people over coffee and cake?
  • Would you like some help with the ‘tricky’ bits of the pattern you are working on?
  • Would you like to learn how to knit in a very informal and supportive group? We can get you started with wool and needles and as much help as you need.

About Jane:JH

I have been knitting for more than 40 years, taught by my Gran,  who was brilliant at picking up my dropped stitches and doing the casting on and off for me!

Since that time I have become a fanatical knitter and knitting has become part of every day of my life. For me the process of knitting has become as important as the item I ultimately produce. Knitting is fabulous (and portable!) relaxation therapy and has helped me through some anxious and stressful periods of my life. The simple rhythm of making the stitches never fails to sooth and relax me.

I have learned that I like to make simple things well, using the best quality wool and needles I can afford. That means mostly baby blankets and baby cardigans and jumpers that are knit in one piece.

Today knitting is very much about ‘handmade’ rather than ‘homemade’ with amazing yarns in every colour you can imagine. My mother knitted my school jumpers because it was cheaper than buying them. I knit for my sons because I can create something unique for them, putting my love into every stitch.

Whatever your experience with 2 needles and a ball of wool please come and join me.  I would love to share my passion for knitting, and the many benefits it can bring. I hope I will also be able to pick up some hints and tips from you along the way!

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone who wants to come along and learn to knit from scratch, please let us know in advance, so that we can ensure that we have enough wool & needle sets available.


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WIN a FREE place on one of our Christmas Courses

WIN a FREE place on one of our Christmas courses or workshops by simply ‘Liking’ our Facebook page.

Details of our Christmas Courses can be found HERE.

We can now also offer gift vouchers: Stuck for something to buy your special someone? Have that partner or particular family member who is hard to buy for?

Why not buy them a gift certificate to our Community Learning Courses? The gift certificates are valid for over a year, so it gives them plenty of time to pick a course that they will enjoy.

Our vouchers comes in multiple prices starting form £10 and going to £100.  Click HERE to purchase.

T&Cs: The gift certificates can be used for any non-certificated courses (ie. NOT GCSEs or Sage) and can be used by Over 18s only.


Community Learning Courses Now Available

A full range of Community Learning/Adult Education courses are available for September 2016, including qualification and purely leisure based courses.


More courses are still being added as we look to extend our current offer.

Check out the range of courses HERE.


Community Learning Taster Sessions Success

As part of the 2016 Festival of Learning, The Link at Sandbach School invited local residents to try their hand at a  range of new skills by taking part in FREE taster sessions.  The Festival of Learning, led by Learning and Work Institute, invites organisations and communities to take part in adult learning activities to showcase the wide range of opportunities and resources available to adults hoping to continue or resume their education.

The Festival recognises the inspiring achievements of adult learners nationwide with a celebratory national awards ceremony in Birmingham in September.

At the Community Learning Taster Sessions visitors had the opportunity to try a wide range of subjects  from Arabic to Yoga.


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Community Learning Tutors Wanted

If you have a passion for your subject and want to share it with others, working as a part-time community learning tutor can be a rewarding and interesting experience. As an organisation offering a wide range of courses, we need tutors who can inspire others in an informative and engaging way.

What we need from you:

  • Thrive on the success of others, hold relevant professional qualifications and have expertise in your subject area
  • A commitment to providing excellent learning opportunities for your students
  • Experience of teaching adults is desirable but not essential – we will provide development support for the right people
  • Be able to work between 2-10 hours per week.

The current rate of pay is £19.50 an hour (£25 for a suitably qualified pilates instructor)  – this is currently subject to a review but will not go down.

Please contact us by phone or email if you are interested:, 01270 758886.

Particular subjects/topics we are looking for include:

Pilates,  plumbing, DIY, Ipads, eBay, public speaking, cupcakes, zumba gold, badminton, cartooning, wine appreciation, script writing,  web design, photoshop etc.