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Classrooms 'too hot' for exam students at Whitehaven Academy

The issue came to light following a number of Tweets on social media. Photo: ITV Border

Businesses in west Cumbria have been working through the night to move chiller units into Whitehaven Academy to cool classrooms down for students taking their GCSEs.

It is believed the students have been taking their exams in heated conditions over the past two weeks, where classroom have reached temperatures 'soaring above 30 degrees' this week.

Bright Tribe, the Trust that runs the school, has released the following statement:

Bright Tribe is aware of the problems with the school’s buildings and has lobbied at the highest level in an attempt to secure funding for a new build school. To ensure that all students are able to learn the school has initiated the following:

Over 40 portable air conditioning units are in the process of being delivered and fitted in classrooms and offices to balance the temperatures over the summer period.

All windows at the school are currently open or in the process of being assessed to allow remedial work to take place.

All classrooms have either curtains, blinds or roller blinds to block out direct sunlight in order to limit the temperature.

All teachers are able to request the use of portable cooling fans to provide temporary cooling for students."

– Bright Tribe statement

The issue came to light following a number of Tweets on social media:

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Teachers at Whitehaven Academy have carried out a series of strikes to protest against the way the school has been run by Bright Tribe Trust.

Concerns include the state of the school buildings, changes to teachers' pensions, their workload, and their conditions of employment, including pay and pay progression.

It was announced in November last year that the Trust is to be replaced.