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Two Schools in Dumfries and Galloway could face closure

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Two primary schools in Dumfries and Galloway could face closure due to dwindling numbers of pupils.

St.Peter's Roman Catholic Primary School in Dalbeattie and Mousewald Primary School, near Dumfries, face uncertain futures due to low pupil uptake.

The council agreed to undertake a consultation over the next year that will address plans to close the schools at last nights Education Committee meeting.


Campaigners 'can't prevent closure of St Bees school in July but still working on plan for future'

A rescue team trying to help save one of Britain's oldest independent schools says it can't prevent it closing in the summer but is still working on a plan for its future

Earlier this month, Governors at the 400 year old St Bees school in west Cumbria announced it will shut because of falling pupil numbers.

Parents and members of the community are trying to come up with a rescue package but, in a statement released on Saturday 21st March, say they only received necessary business information yesterday. The group says there is a possibility education could continue at the school, either as an independent school or some other model. They're meeting on Monday night.

As you know, with your support, the Rescue Group and its many supporters has worked hard all week in accordance with our commitment to you at Monday’s Community Meeting – to have a look at what might be done to save the school but without any guarantees as to success. The reason for choosing a week is that we are very conscious that, if we were unable to find a guaranteed way to save the school, students need to look for places at other schools and the staff, teaching and support, need to look for alternative employment.

We have only had a week and much of the business information about the school could not be supplied to us until Friday. We hope you understand that under these circumstances we cannot develop a business plan with the underpinning that is needed to allow us to confirm that we have found a way to save the school.

From what we have seen there is the possibility that a business model can be developed which will allow continuation of the educational tradition at St Bees as an independent public school or maybe in some other model. However, we must not mislead you that such a model could be implemented to prevent closure of the school at the end of the summer term”

– Rescue St Bees


England rugby boss hopes former school can be saved

The England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster told ITV News that he is "absolutely gutted" about the proposed closure of his former school. He also said he first developed his love of rugby at St Bees School on the West Cumbrian coast.

Since Friday's shock announcement that the school is to shut because of dwindling pupil numbers, a huge campaign has been started to save it.

Last night parents and governors met for the first time since the news was announced last week. Hannah McNulty has this report:

Stuart Lancaster 'absolutely gutted' over St Bees school closure

Stuart Lancaster has told ITV News he's 'absolutely gutted' about the closure of his former school. The England rugby coach developed his love of the game at St Bees school on the west Cumbrian coast.

Governors announced on Friday the independent school in west Cumbria will close in the summer due to falling students numbers.

Hundreds of parents and local community members attend meeting

St Bees School Credit: ITV Border News

A 'rescue team' has been formed to try and help save the historic St Bees school from closure.

It was created at a meeting on Monday night of hundreds of parents and local community members. The team of 12 intends to carry out a viability study as its first task. One parent, Hillary Carter, whose son is at the school, estimated 700 people were at the meeting.

Governors announced on Friday the independent school in west Cumbria is set to close in the summer due to dwindling students numbers. They say the school's financial position is "unsustainable".

A Parents and Governors meeting is being held on Wednesday when more details will be discussed.

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