Samuel Marsden


PHOTO: SUPPLIED Samuel Marsden Collegiate, Whitby students are now looking for other study options after the private school’s board of trustees decided to close the co-educational campus in Porirua at the end of the year.

Parents could join together to buy the Whitby Samuel Marsden College and save it from closure, but they don’t have much time.

Parents, caregivers, students and staff were sent a letter from the school’s trust board chairwoman on Thursday outlining their options – including buying the school if they can scrape together a plan by July 26.

An emotional meeting of about 200, including parents, students and some school staff, filled a gymnasium at Ngatitoa Domain on Thursday evening to discuss the school’s future.