A dance tutor who taught youngsters at Cranford Community College for 25 years claims she has been 'pushed out' by the school's 'appalling' lack of support.
Sara Ridley, principal of the Babel School of Dance, moved her lessons for 120 pupils on Saturdays to nearby Heston Community School this week after the cost of hiring the venue doubled to £20-an-hour and she learned of plans to close the cafe.
Mrs Ridley claims the problems came to a head last year when the school got rid of all but one of its 'community staff', who helped manage bookings and were on hand in case of emergencies.
She fears many more long-standing arts and sports groups will be forced to follow suit unless changes are made at the secondary school in Cranford High Street, adding: "There is no community at Cranford anymore"
However, the school said that while it was 'sad' to lose Babel it remained popular with a number of groups including drama company Stagecoach, which has just started running classes there.
"The first responsibility for a school is towards its pupils, using the funding which has been provided for the pupils to raise standards and achievement with the best facilities, resources and staff to support their education," added Simon Dean, director of sport and extra-curricular activity. Cranford opens its facilities for rental to the community much, much more than most schools, regularly opening until 10pm on week days and 3pm at weekends."