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St Bees campaigners 'gutted' school will not re-open

St Bees School Credit: ITV Border

The Rescue Group which put together a package to try and save St Bees says it is now "impossible" for the school to re-open in September.

About 400 people gathered in the village church for a meeting on Saturday night.

It followed the governors' announcement on Friday that they had rejected the Rescue Group's alternative plan to secure the school's short-term future.

Rescue Group Chairman Mark George said he was "gutted" the school would not re-open in September. He added that he was "deeply sorry" the group's attempts had failed.

The under-fire chairman of St Bees' governing body, Professor Frank Woods, also attended the meeting.

He was, at times, jeered by parents and there were multiple calls for him to resign.

He said St Bees was "a treasure" but a "very expensive treasure" and that its future was not financially sustainable.

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Drop-in session for Cumbria's new school

Stainburn will join with another school to form a new Academy, and will host the drop-in session today Credit: ITV Border

Parents. pupils and residents will be able to find out more about Cumbria's newest school at a public event today.

Two Workington Schools, Stainburn and Southfield Community Technology College, are being replaced by a single academy.

A drop-in session will be held from Midday at Stainburn School.

Southfield Technology College will merge with another school to form the new Academy Credit: ITV Border
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