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Castle Douglas library to move during refurbishment work

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A temporary Library and IT suite will be set up from Thursday 30 April in Castle Douglas while the Library building is closed for refurbishments.

Dumfries and Galloway Council says the work is necessary as part of plans to bring together the Customer Service Centre, Library and Registration office in the town.

The existing Library building will close at 12pm on Wednesday 29 April, and is expected to be closed for 12 weeks while work is completed.

A reduced selection of books will be available in a replacement facility in the Market Street building, which will have the following opening hours:

  • Monday, 9am until 5pm
  • Tuesday, 1pm until 7pm
  • Wednesday, 9am until 12pm
  • Thursday, 9am until 5pm
  • Friday, 9am until 5pm
  • Saturday, 10am until 1m
  • Sunday, closed

Richard Rose Central Academy out of Special Measures

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Carlisle's Richard Rose Central Academy has come out of Special Measures, according to the results of an Ofsted inspection in March.

It was the first inspection since the Academy was taken over by United Learning in September 2014.

In its findings, leadership of the academy was graded as Good, while all other areas were judged to Require Improvement.

In their report, inspectors praised staff and pupils, and said "there has been a marked improvement in the behaviour of students and the attitudes they display."

However, inspector's also said that several areas still required improvement, including achievement of pupils, behaviour and safety of pupils, and inconsistencies in some areas of teaching.

The Academy says it is encouraged by Ofsted's report.

This is very good news with which to begin the summer term.

"Everyone at the academy knows that it is a very different place to several years ago and we are all encouraged by this recognition by Ofsted that the changes we have introduced are having a demonstrable impact.”

– Neil Hutchinson, Headteacher of the academy

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Job cuts at University of Cumbria will help investment

The University of Cumbria's vice chancellor says cutting jobs now will help the university to invest more, in the future.

Up to sixty positions will go, as part of a plan to save around £5 million in the next academic year.

Most of the redundancies will be voluntary.

Peter Strike says these savings could lead to new jobs being created, and more investment in facilities.

'We cannot bankrupt school' - St Bees' governor

In an exclusive interview with ITV Border the chair of St Bees' governing board defended the decision to close the school this summer.

Professor Frank Woods attended a public meeting on Saturday night and told hundreds of angry parents that St Bees' future was not financially sustainable.

On Friday the governors confirmed the school would close this summer despite a rescue plan put together by a group of campaigners.

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