A charity which runs a further education college for young adults with disabilities has said it is to close next year.
Livability blamed Government cuts and falling student income when it made the announcement regarding Hinwick Hall College.
The college will close at the end of the academic year. It currently supports 46 students with disabilities.
Kelly Livsey, an education support worker at the college, said the announcement came as a big shock to the staff.
She said: “My first thought along with the rest of the staff was ‘What about the students?’.
“It was and still is devastating for all of us here.
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to say that all the staff at Hinwick are amazing and we have all worked incredibly hard to help and support our students.
“Elsbeth Tibbets, our principal, has done a fantastic job turning the college around with our hard work and determination.
“It’s such a shame that the college will be closing down after all of these years of helping so many people.”
In a statement, Livability said: “We understand that this loss will bring great sadness to our students and their families, as well as the dedicated staff and volunteers who work as an excellent team to support them.
“We are determined over the next nine months to do all we can to help and enable our students to make a successful transition from the college, whether they are completing their education studies this July or will need to identify other opportunities for the future with their local commissioners.
“This decision to close Hinwick Hall is not one which Livability has taken lightly.
“We would like to thank the staff as well as the volunteers and supporters in the local community who have contributed so much to the work of the college over the decades and without whom much of this would not have been possible.”
Livability says it will speak to each student and their families and carers.
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