College under fire as course closes

PUBLISHED: 07:43 03 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:14 24 May 2010

STUDENTS have expressed their anger at a decision to close a computer course in Weston. The course, run by Weston College at The Campus in Locking Castle, currently has around 250 students. A letter from college principal, Dr Paul Phillips, sent to studen

STUDENTS have expressed their anger at a decision to close a computer course in Weston.The course, run by Weston College at The Campus in Locking Castle, currently has around 250 students.A letter from college principal, Dr Paul Phillips, sent to students on the course, says the computer course at the The Campus will end on July 31 due to a lack of funding.The letter goes on to say that courses will continue at Worle High Street, the Boulevard in Weston and in Nailsea.A student, who did not wish to be named, wrote to Dr Phillips saying: "I am writing to express my disquiet at the arbitrary way the decision to close The Campus was made."I am at a loss as to why a course in a new purpose-built building has been chosen, as opposed to two converted shops in Worle and Weston.Responding to the letter Dr Phillips said: "There have been significant changes in funding of further education in recent years and the College has had to review its current provision and has decided to maintain provision at three centres instead of five."I share your frustrations as to the way in which funding changes impact on curriculum provision but can assure you that the College has done its utmost to maintain provision and minimise disruption."Over 100 students have signed a petition, which will be handed to the college principal, objecting to the closure of the course.

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