Built between 1561 and 1577 by Maidstone MP Nicholas Barham, St Faiths is one of the oldest Kent Adult Education buildings. Located in the centre of Maidstone town, a stone’s throw away from Fremlin Walk open air shopping centre, Maidstone East Railway Station and Benchley Gardens, the Victorian building has an impressive exterior with prominent symmetrical features and ornate limestone trim.
Its town centre location makes it especially convenient for learners who incorporate their courses into their day-to-day life. Located next to Maidstone and Bentlif Art Gallery, the site was once a science and art school. As you walk into the centre be sure to look for the old photo in reception that was taken at the time the buildings cornerstone was laid for the later extension. The Maidstone centre is known for its variety; from arts to assertiveness, business to beauty and craft to computing, there’ll be a course at a time to suit you.
The centre is well equipped for its many art courses, having two studios with high ceilings and plenty of natural light. In the summer months, many tutors take advantage of the nearby Brenchley gardens, and run art sessions in the sun, which is superb for lovers of flower painting. For lovers of photography, uniquely, the centre also possesses two dark rooms for learners to experiment with old photographic techniques.
“We have a range of pay as you go fitness classes, so if you work in Maidstone, try wandering out of the office into a yoga class, or even Zumba in your lunch hour!”
The centre canteen is in itself a community hub. Known as ‘The Tuck Inn’, its manager Sandra serves coffee, tea, light lunches including sandwiches, soups, salads and a selection of scrumptious homemade cakes. Sandra knows many learners on a first name basis, creating a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, as learners refresh between classes. The canteen itself pays tribute to the work of the students, displaying work from calligraphy, art, and Latin courses. Also in the canteen is an ornate stone carving commemorating the laying of the building’s cornerstone, which is displayed proudly on the walls as a memento of the building’s history.
As one of our busiest centres, Maidstone has a large course provision. Our most popular courses include jewellery-making, stained glass, pottery and sculpture. We have a range of pay as you go (PAYG) fitness classes, so if you work in Maidstone, try wandering out of the office into a yoga class, or even Zumba in your lunch hour!
Our language courses are also very popular, the large range of courses allows learners to start at the beginning and work through the courses to an advanced level at their leisure. At Maidstone, we run Greek, Spanish, Italian, Polish, ESOL, French and Latin; if you’re looking to challenge yourself in 2016, learning a new language is a great way of doing so.
The staff at the Maidstone centre are friendly and dedicated to ensuring learners have a great learning experience. Our tutors are some of the most knowledgeable people you’ll meet and they’ve got the passion to get you inspired! If you’re unsure which course is best for you, pop into the centre and one of our staff members will be glad to advise you. With our range of courses paired with our expert tutors and excellent facilities; it’s easy to see why the majority of learners in Maidstone are repeat enrollers. There’s simply so much to learn! Discover Maidstone and be more with Kent Adult Education.Back to the Magazine