King’s Lynn college petition over nursery

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Education news from the Lynn News, lynnnews.co.uk, @lynnnewscitizen on Twitter

Campaigners battling to save a college nursery from closure yesterday delivered a petition containing more than 600 signatures.

Parents fighting to keep Apple Wood children’s nursery open on the College of West Anglia’s Lynn campus presented the petition to college principal David Pomfret at a meeting yesterday.

It comes as objectors consider whether to hold a further protest outside the college, like the one staged at the Tennyson Road building on April 17.

Student Kayleigh Enefer, whose 20-month-old daughter Sophia attends the nursery, said she was encouraged by support for the campaign so far.

She said: “We’re doing everything we can to keep it open. It’s vital not just for me but other parents who don’t want to see it closed.”

The college is proposing to close the nursery from the end of July, with the loss of 15 full and part-time jobs, to help plug a £1.7 million funding gap.

Mr Pomfret said the nursery, which caters for up to 54 children, had never managed to cover its costs and could not be subsidised in the future, as it was not part of the college’s “core business” of teaching and learning.

He said government austerity was leaving them with the “impossible task” of continuing to provide high quality education with reduced funding.