Please Help Save our Cafe at Newcastle College Performance Academy

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We have been advised in the last week that Newcastle College are considering closing down the cafeteria inside the Performing Arts Academy building.
We the parents, students, teachers and members of the public strongly appose this decision and urge you to reconsider.


I speak on behalf of all of the above parents, teachers students who regularly use the cafeteria in this building. We really rely on the cafeteria and really need this service to continue. 

We strongly believe that the college has a duty to its performing arts students their parents and teaching staff to carry on this service as we Parents and students and teachers  spend many week days, nights and some of us stay for 8 hours on Saturdays In the Academy building, the cafe is vital to us during these long days/evenings. Some of us have children as young as 4 years old and cannot  leave the building. 

We feel it is unfair to force students and parents offsite to source a meal/drink,  the students, who are usually dashing from one lesson to another and usually in barefoot or leotards have no time to go elsewhere, especially on weekends when there are no other onsite restaurants/cafe's open and no offsite facilities close enough to the college.
During the week there is no time for students to use cafeterias in another buildings, and the only catering alternatives are the vending machines, these are extremely inadequate and unreliable, they regularly take money without vending or are out of service ( the fruit machine in the academy has not been working for months) these machines cannot provide an adequate nutritious meal or snack for the students!

The cafe always appears to be busy and being used. There has to be a solution to closing down this service, whether it's monitoring usage at peak times and working out a rota based on this, closing it down would be catastrophic to all of us! 

We ask that you please consider our petition prior to making any decision



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