TEENAGERS bored at school can now learn in a new environment.
The New Directions Centre has opened in Huddersfield to give youngsters the chance to learn practical skills.
From plastering to jujutsu, 14-16-year-olds disillusioned at school can now start afresh.
The idea of the school, backed by Ofsted, comes from joiner Michael Lyn, builder Andy Williams, former footballer Michael Reynolds and plasterer Peter Rowe.
Mr Rowe said: “We are four guys who just felt like we could help young kids with the skills we have.”
Currently, 30 kids from Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Birstall go to the New Directions centre and they can take in up to 40 pupils.
Attendance so far is as high as 80% – well above the average for the type of centre.
Mr Rowe added: “Everyone does English and maths and those who are up to GCSE standard do those.
“But we try and get everyone in for an AQA in a practical subject such as plastering and joinery.
“We don’t follow a strict timetable so everyday is different and so far they all seem to enjoy it and keep coming back, which is what matters.”
The centre, off St Andrew’s Road, Aspley, held an open day with the Army and a boxer taking part.
One of the intentions is to try and persuade young people to take up sport and exercise.
Organisers hope that girls will get involved with the sprot classes - including boxing.