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Primary school in special measures opens new classrooms

A primary school that went into special measures earlier this year has officially opened five new classrooms. £1.5 million has been spent on Yewdale School in Carlisle so it can take on more pupils.

Today the present pupils got to meet some of Carlisle United's players and their manager who opened the school's new extension.

Matthew Taylor reports.

Historic day for youth democracy in Cumbria

Nearly 6,000 people vote in National Youth Parliament Credit: ITV Border News

The young people of Cumbria have made their decision on the three candidates they want to represent them in the National Youth Parliament.

Nearly 6,000 young people voted online from 8-12 December in a 15.1% turnout.

The three new Members of Youth Parliament are:

  • 16-year-old Rebecca Morley - MYP for Carlisle and Eden
  • 14-year-old Oliver Dorgan - MYP for Allerdale and Copeland
  • 15-year-old Tom Latham - MYP for Barrow and South Lakeland

“I’m relieved the campaigning is over but I’m happy to have this amazing opportunity. I’m going to use my time in office to work towards raising the minimum wage for under 18s, broadening the range of A level options available and improving transport for young people.”

– Rebecca Morley

“I’m still overwhelmed and speechless. This is a fantastic opportunity but a huge responsibility and I hope I can make a difference. I think what I’ve learnt most is that people are still very much interested in politics, especially young people. And they’re especially interested in the local issues that affect them so that’s what I’ll be focussing on – West Cumberland Hospital, depression and youth employment.”

– Oliver Dorgan

“I’m honoured and slightly surprised to have been elected; the next 15 months are going to be very busy. It was great fun campaigning; I’m looking forward to getting young people interested in local issues and voting. The top three issues I am going to work on are cheaper transport, votes at 16 and climate change”

– Tom Latham

The successful candidates were announced at an election count held at County Hall, Kendal, on Saturday 13 December.

“It was wonderful to see young people excited and enthused by local democracy. So many schools got involved with the voting, and organised lessons on democracy – this election has really made politics come alive for young people. I’m looking forward to working with them during their term in office to address the issues that are important to them.”

– Councillor Anne Burns


Carlisle United boss to mark school revamp

Yewdale Primary School Credit: ITV Border News

A new £1.5 million expansion to a school in Carlisle will be completed today.

Yewdale Primary School will unveil its remodelled teaching areas, new classrooms and outdoor areas for work and play.

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle and several players will be cutting the ribbon and singing carols this afternoon.

Alston schools could be merged

Three schools in Alston could be merged. Credit: ITV Border

People in Alston want the area's secondary school and two primary schools to be merged, according to a consultation.

Earlier this year Cumbria County Council carried out an informal consultation to consider the future of Samuel King’s, Nenthead and Alston schools.

It got almost 350 responses, and 59.4 percent favoured the creation of one 'all-through' school, where

That was because the number of pupils at the schools has fallen, and current arrangements are not sustainable.

“We’re going through this process to safeguard the future of secondary education in Alston Moor because falling numbers of pupils means the current arrangements are not sustainable.

“I’d like to thank local people for giving us their views and taking the time to get involved in the informal consultation.

“Any change will require further consultation prior to decisions being taken and the community will be kept informed throughout that process.”

– Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for Schools and Learning

A working group will now be established to research the proposals.


Cumbrian students join National Youth Parliament

Young people in Cumbria are getting ready to vote for who they want to represent them in the National Youth Parliament.

It's the first time Cumbria will put forward three people to represent the county in the group lobbying government on policies that affect children.

Two of the candidates hoping to represent West Cumbria come from St Benedict's School in Whitehaven, where Anna Blaine is a teacher.

School pupils re-enact WW1 Christmas truce

Pupils have been studying the the Christmas truce. Credit: ITV Border News

Pupils from Beaconside C of E Primary School in Penrith joined forces with their rivals from North Lakes Junior School to re-enact the famous WW1 football match in 1914.

Pupils played alongside each other and are currently studying the Christmas truce which took place on the 25th December 1914

Pupils from Beaconside C of E Primary School in Penrith Credit: ITV Border News
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