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Keeping Cornwall college Saltash campus open 'doesn't make financial sense' says principal

Keeping a college campus open would not make 'financial sense', according to its principal.

Earlier this week it was announced that Cornwall College's Saltash site, which caters for around 500 students, is to close later this year due to funding issues.

Speaking to ITV News, principal John Evans said students will be offered the chance to relocate to other campuses including Stoke Climsland, near Launceston, and St Austell.

John Evans says the Saltash campus is 'not contributing' to Cornwall Council's budget. Credit: ITV News

Funding in further education has been reduced by 30 per cent over the last five to ten years.

We've looked at it and analysed the number of learners that are at the Saltash site, the class numbers on many of the programmes are too small, we've got other colleges right beside it all offering similar programmes.

It doesn't make financial sense to keep Saltash running whilst it's not contributing to the overall budget.

– John Evans, Cornwall College principal
The campus caters for around 500 students. Credit: ITV News

Cornwall College took the decision to close Saltash campus as a necessary part of their strategy to ensure long term financial stability.

We want all young people to have access to high-quality education and this year colleges and school sixth forms will benefit from a significant £400 million funding boost to help them to do this.

Part of this will be £155 million to support the delivery of courses that we know lead to higher wages and better career prospects for students.

– Department for Education spokesman