Rackheath parents and school bid to save after school club threatened with closure

Parents have launched a bid to keep an after-school club open after a lack of children and cash brought it to the brink of closure.

Governors at Rackheath Primary School are now looking at ways to save their club and held a meeting with parents on Thursday to debate its future.

Mother-of-two Nikki Kemp, whose nine-year-old son Edward goes to the club, said: 'It's probably the difference of being able to work.

'Closing it restricts what jobs I can do. There is such a lack of affordable child care.

'The board of governors are willing for us to try anything, but we need help. Time is of the essence.'

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The 40-year-old single mum said one suggestion was to pay to put their children in a taxi to go to Salhouse's after-school club, but she said some parents were uneasy about letting their children go in a taxi without supervision.

The school sent letters home in December warning that if numbers did not improve the club, which has been running at a loss for three years, would close.

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Chairman of governors Emma Watts said: 'The attendance at the meeting was fantastic. There were an awful lot of families and we were very surprised by the dedication and emotion at the meeting.

'The school is taking the lead and working with parents.

'Our after-school club has been failing to meet its own costs for three years due to the lack of take-up.

'However, it is a very important provision for those that do need it.

'Governors have been discussing the future of the provision for sometime and trying to make it self-sufficient.'

But she said subsidising the club meant there was less money for children in the school who did not use the club.

'That is the sad fact and we can't allow money to be diverted,' she said.

If you can help the club or have any ideas on how to keep it open, contact Nikki Kemp at nikki.kemp@tesco.net

Do you have a story for the Evening News? Contact reporter Tom Bristow on 01603 772313 or email tom.bristow@archant.co.uk

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