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Cumbria parents urged to apply for school transport

School bus in the UK Credit: PA

Parents who require transport for their primary or secondary school children are being urged to apply for a place on the school bus before the deadline.

Cumbria County Council say the transport will begin at the start of the 2017 school year.

The free transport will be available to pupils who are up to the age of eight and live more than two miles away from their qualifying school or catchment. The transport will also be available for free for pupils over the age of eight who live more than three miles away.

Other children may be entitled to financial help with school transport if they are already entitled to free school meals or their family receive the maximum level of working tax credit.

Applications close on Friday, 30 June. Outcomes will be given within three-four weeks.

More details can be found on the council website.

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Science star Brian Cox to headline Cumbrian festival

Professor Brian Cox has achieved a Guinness World Record title for Most Tickets Sold For A Science Tour. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/PA Images

TV star and Professor of Particle Physics, Brian Cox, will headline a science festival that is being held in Cumbria.

The Infinity Festival is a programme for secondary school students, which will be held in September at West Lakes Academy in Egremont.

More than 200 13-14 year old pupils will attend, and it's hoped the festival will inspire them to consider studying science, technology, engineering and maths.

We are absolutely delighted to be supporting the React Foundation, the festival’s organiser, who’ve brought experts in robots, insects, crime mapping, aircraft design, nuclear reactors and other areas to Cumbria and who do so much to inspire young people into STEM.

– Prof Julie Mennell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cumbria
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