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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Mathew’s starring role at opening

ACTOR, comedian and TV presenter Mathew Horne, best known for playing Gavin Shipman in the hit BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey, has been announced as the celebrity guest at next month’s launch of the new 14-19 special education needs centre at Lakes College.

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INSPIRATION: Actor and comedian Mathew Horne has been announced as special guest at the launch of Lakes College's new special education needs centre.

The SEN Centre focuses on enhancing the development of the 14-19 provision and students with learning difficulties or disabilities. It will be the main base for the college’s vocational arts programmes which includes the new performing arts courses.

Funded by a £1 million SEN grant from Cumbria County Council and a renewal grant of £225,000 from the Skills Funding Agency, the centre boasts a multiple of uses which accommodates a variety of needs. It has a state-of-the-art multimedia room and a specific multi-use room which can be used as individual classrooms, a lecture theatre or one large performance room.

Principal Cath Richardson said: “We are delighted to welcome Mathew Horne to Lakes College to join us in our celebrations for the launch of the new 14-19 SEN centre. The facility will enable us to explore more avenues to provide future learners with a wider choice of vocational programmes.

“It is also giving us the chance to develop our 14-19 provision so that we can offer exciting new courses to our younger learners that come to us through partners such as the local secondary schools, Theatre by the Lake and Mayfield School.”

Nominated for best male newcomer at the 2007 British Comedy awards, Mathew will be speaking at the launch evening, on October 20, about how his experience at performing arts school gave him the foundations to build a successful career in show business and raise aspirations for budding young performers in the area.

Local theatre and educational needs groups have been invited to join the guests to attend the launch event which will also include performances from the first intake of full-time performing arts students at Lakes College, the young performing arts apprentices from Theatre by the Lake which works in partnership with the college and special performances from the Rumney Graves School of Dance.

Mathew began his career as a stand-up comedian and later became one half of the comedy duo Mat and MacKinnon – first performing at the Edinburgh Festival in 2000. He was spotted at the festival by fellow comedian Catherine Tate who invited him to perform on her show.

In 2003, he starred in Channel 4's 20 Things to do Before You're 30 and a year later earned the role of Ben, an atheist RE teacher, in hit series Teachers.

Mathew also featured as the sheriff's court jester in the second series of Robin Hood, in 2007. He as also appeared in the first series of ITV’s Doc Martin.

Mathew appeared in an episode of Miss Marple alongside Ruth Jones.

Since working on Gavin and Stacey, he has collaborated a number of times with its co-creator James Corden. In 2008 they toured the UK in preparation for their BBC sketch show Horne & Corden.

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