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Newman School to move to temporary new site

Newman School when it was flooded

Students from Newman Catholic School in Carlisle will temporarily move to the old Penine Way Primary School.

Following the recent floods, temporary classrooms will be installed on site, with an initial introduction of 12 portakabin units.

The accommodation will be ready for Newman School students to move into at the start of the Spring Term on January 4th.

There will then be a further installation of 24 classroom units (general and specialist teaching spaces) on the grassed area to the south east side of the site.

These will cover an area roughly the size of a football pitch.

“We’ve worked closely with Newman school on this and pulled out all the stops to get such a significant and large scale temporary solution in place so fast.

"This means that pupils can get back into normal education within four weeks of their school being put out of action by Carlisle’s devastating flooding. I’m proud we’ve managed to pull this off, ensuring every child gets a great education is a top priority.”

– Cllr Clare Feeney-Johnson, Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, Cumbria County Council


Dalbeattie campus gets £25m go-ahead

Plans went on display earlier this year. Credit: ITV Border

The construction of a £25 million Dalbeattie Learning Campus has moved a step closer.

Funding for the scheme had been held up because of a European ruling, but the Scottish Government says that has now been resolved.

New £21m Kelso school finally gets go-ahead

An artist's impression of the new school. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

The building of a new £21.4 million school in Kelso has been given the go-ahead, and is expected to begin in early 2016.

Kelso High School will be built at Nethershot on Angraflat Road.

The project had stalled because of a European ruling, which affected ten schools and two health centres across the country.

But the Scottish Government now says that has been resolved.

I am pleased that the issues which have held back the new Kelso High School have finally been settled.

It has been a frustrating period for everyone associated with the school including the wider community, and the people of Kelso should be thanked for their patience during this time.

The new school will include grass and synthetic sports pitches and community facilities, which will provide health and educational benefits for not just generations of schoolchildren but the whole town.”

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Scottish Borders Council


Cumbria Police to recruit volunteers to help tackle speeding

Police are asking for volunteers to help crackdown on speeding Credit: Patrick Pleul/DPA/Press Association Images

Police are calling for volunteers to help tackle speeding in West Cumbria.

The new recruits will work as a team to educate locals about the risks of speeding and monitor speed at high risk locations.

All volunteers will be trained to carry out the role.

We are extremely excited to pilot this scheme in West Cumbria and feel the communities we serve, will see the benefits of this new initiative.”

– West Cumbria Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley
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