ST Michael’s Pre-School in Lyme Regis has been saved from immediate closure.
Parents were told last week that the pre-school – managed by St Michael’s Primary School in King’s Way – would close down on Tuesday, July 23 having run at a deficit since first opening and with a predicted shortfall of £20,000 for the current financial year.
The decision was met with much disappointment from parents, who were concerned their children would be unprepared for primary school without suitable early years provision in the town.
However, St Michael’s headteacher Nick Kiddle and chairman of the school governors, Michaela Ellis, have now informed parents that they are revoking the intention to close the pre-school immediately and that there will be provision for children at the start of the new term in September.
The letter explains that the decision was made following consultation with Dorset Council and says that the governors will undertake a series of consultations in September and October about the proposed future of the pre-school.
More information is expected to be announced following the summer holidays.
LymeOnline also understands that a group of parents will be meeting next week to discuss fundraising ideas for the pre-school.