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All change at Orchard Hill College and Carshalton College 15.12.10

Students at Orchard Hill College have a new way of navigating their way to class thanks to a Tube themed signage system.

Daniel Wilkes, Luke Green, Grace Tilbrook and Michael Mcentee outside one of the newly signposted classrooms.

Each floor of the college, which is part of Carshalton College and supports students with learning difficulties, is now named after a London Underground (LU) line, with each classroom named after a station and marked with the distinctive circular Tube logo.

The lift, toilet and wheelchair signs are real LU signs that customers would see on the network.

The idea came from student Luke Green, 17, who was inspired by his love of trains.

Janette Taylor, lecturer at the college, said: "Our learners love the new classroom names.

"This is a great way for our students, who have a range of learning difficulties and disabilities, to gain more confidence when travelling in the community.  The Underground theme that the learners have chosen is meaningful and relevant to them."

Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools on Sutton Council, said: "These new signs will help Orchard Hill College to continue the excellent work it does for teenagers and adults with learning and physical disabilities."

The new signs were launched with each class of students dressing up and hosting activities relating to their station name, for example a big top theme complete with clowns at Oxford Circus.

And it wasn't only students getting involved, with Chelsea Football Club sending a representative to present a shirt signed by star goalkeeper Petr Cesc for the Fullham Broadway room.

For more information on courses at Orchard Hill College, visit www.orchardhill.ac.uk

Last updated: Tuesday, 04 January 2011

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