More than 260 pupils from schools around the Scottish Borders have attended an event run by Royal Highland Education Trust in Kelso.
Final preparations underway for the official opening of a new building near Carlisle where people with disabilities can learn life skills.
Children's laureate visits Cumbrian libraries
If the council shuts both Stainburn and Southfield schools the new academy to replace them could open in a years time.
– Cllr Anne Burns, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cumbria County Council
“While we understand the impact our decisions today will have, we strongly believe they mark the start of a process which will transform secondary education in Workington for the better.
“The proposal to close both schools and open a new academy with new leadership, a new ethos, and eventually a new building, would give young people in Workington what they deserve - the best possible chance to succeed at school and in life. "
A consultation begins on Monday into the plans to close both schools and set up an academy.
Both of the Workington which will probably close had applied to convert as academies and join the Bright Tribe multi academy trust but the decision to commence the closure process and create one sponsored academy means that a competitive process is now required.
The council will on Monday (20 January) start the competitive process to identify a suitable sponsor for the new academy.
For the schools to close the council must follow a statutory consultation process. This involves an initial consultation period of 6 weeks
Following this the council’s Cabinet will consider the response to consultation and make a decision on whether to agree publication of statutory proposals for the closure of both schools. If that is agreed Cabinet will then make a final decision about closure following a statutory notice period.
Cumbria County Council has announced its intentions today to close both Stainburn and Southfield secondary schools in Workington and replace them with a new academy.
Both schools were judged as inadequate in recent Ofstead inspections and are now in special measures.
A consultation will begin on Monday 20th asking for the views of parents, staff, governors and pupils and other interested parties on a proposal to close both schools and replace them with a single new Academy, ideally operating on one site, but it is possible that initially both will be used.
All pupils currently at each school would be automatically enrolled in the new Academy, as would those who have applied for Year 7 places for September 2014 at either school.
Workington's two secondary schools, Southfield and Stainburn are to close after failing their Ofsted inspections.
Both have been placed into special measures today and it's been announced that they will be replaced by a single academy at the start of next year, subject to a consultation.
They were criticised for failing to allow pupils to progress sufficiently and reach their full potential.
Initially the Academy will continue to operate from the two existing sites but a new single site building could be created by 2017.
The county council will begin the search for a sponsor for the new academy.
People in the Borders are being asked for their thoughts on plans to change the school week.
Scottish Borders Council has launched a consultation on proposals for a new system, which would see both primary and secondary pupils spend four and a half days in school each week instead of five full days.
The University of Cumbria is one of a number of universities who have announced that they have developed a new curriculum to improve dementia education across the country.
The new curriculum is being used to boost the content of higher education programmes for health and social care professionals such as nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work.
The university is one of 53 universities in the Higher Education for Dementia Network.
Moves to reshape the provision of secondary school education are expected to be approved today.
Under the new plans St Joseph's College and Dumfries Academy would be refurbished, as well as new schools being built at Dumfries High and Maxwelltown.
Specialist higher academic and vocational studies would also be offered should plans to create a new "learning hub" go ahead.
Parents in the Borders are being asked for their thoughts on plans to change the school week.
Scottish Borders Council have launched a consultation on proposals for a so-called asymmetric system.
It would mean longer school days, but the school week would be four and a half days instead of five.
Education officials say it's the best way to make savings.
Budget cuts are responsible for the 'vital' changing of the school week in the Scottish Borders/
Glenn Rodger, Director of Eduction at Scottish Borders Council says it is the best option available, to meet savings of £11million:
Education chiefs at Scottish Borders Council say changing the school week is vital to meet budget savings.
Director of Eduction at the local authority, Glenn Rodger, says it is the best option available, to meet savings of £11million.
He says it will also bring benefits to the way eduction is provided in the region, as schools will be better laced to share resources, and it frees up one afternoon a week for extra activities such as sports.