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6 January 2012, 07:47
Pupils studying for exams will get extra space for quiet revision at a number of Leicester city council-owned buildings.
Spaces for about 100 GCSE and A Level students to revise are being made available in four buildings across the city, in rooms where youngsters can get together and revise in groups.
The move follows work by City Youth Council member Hersh Thaker, who approached Leicester City Council's libraries to see if more quiet space could be made available during the key times for revision. While he was revising for exams last year, he told Capital him and his mates struggled to find places to revise as it cost too much money for schools and colleges to stay open late, and because of libraries closing down due to cut backs spaces are very limited for students to study.
As a result, quiet spaces have been set up at the People's Gallery building in Belvoir Street, Connexions in Charles Street, the African Caribbean Centre in Maidstone Road, Highfields, and Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre in Rothley Street.The offer of free space will run from January 9 to 31.
If it proves popular, it could also take place again in May, the other peak period for revision.
Leicester City Council's head of libraries and information services, Adrian Wills, helped Hersh to organise the study space offer.He said:
"The city council libraries, Adult Education College, community services and Connexions are delighted to be able to offer a little extra help to our school students as they study for their exams. "We wish them all the very best in their exams and hope the quiet spaces will be useful to them. "Our congratulations to Hersh for identifying the problem and for working so constructively with us to come up with a solution."Pupils can check details and availability of spaces at www.citystudyspace.wordpress.com
Leicester assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, Cllr Vi Dempster, added:
"Some students struggle to find a quiet space in which they can concentrate on revising with their friends, so by making these spaces available during the busiest times, we hope to give all students the best possible chance of revising successfully."