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Proposed closure of the Kirkdale Learning Centre – Sydenham & Perry Vale public meeting, 7pm Thursday 7 April

Thursday 7 April, 7pm at the Naborhood Centre, 44a Sydenham Road SE26 5QX

Lewisham Council is reviewing its provision of adult education following a reduction in central government funding. To save money, the Council are proposing closure of the popular Kirkdale Learning Centre at the end of the summer term. The consultation period runs until May 20th and a special meeting for residents of Sydenham and Perry Vale wards has been arranged for Thursday April 7th (details above).

We would urge as many residents as possible to attend one or other of these meetings, to listen to the arguments and to make their voices heard. For more information, go to this weblink:

Details of the officer presentation given at the Forest Hill Assembly here:

Kirkdale 1    Kirkdale 2   Kirkdale 3

Photograph of Kirkdale Institute by Steve Grindlay

Report recommends closure of Kirkdale Learning Centre

A report to Lewisham’s Mayor and Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 23 March recommends closure of the Kirkdale Learning Centre as part of a reorganisation of adult learning in the borough.

Adult learning in Lewisham currently operates from four designated sites: Brockley Rise, Granville Park, Kirkdale Centre and Grove Park.
Community Education Lewisham receives funding from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to provide adult education. This constitutes the bulk of CEL’s income together with fee income and is  usually around £400k to £500k per annum. The SFA has announced that the skills budget for adult learning will reduce by 25 per cent over the next four years from September 2011. Grant funding from the SFA has already been cut by 18 per cent since 2006/7.  

The report to M&C recommends that  a public consultation now begins with a recommendation to close the Kirkdale Centre for adult learning from July 2011 and to move almost all of the current courses to other centres.

The report identifies that the Kirkdale building could be used to expand primary school provision in the area. Kelvin Grove Primary School is adjacent to the Kirkdale Learning Centre site.

For a full copy of the report visit:    Mayor & Cabinet report  Photo courtesy of Steve Grindlay