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Southfield Technology College out of special measures

Southfield Technology College. Credit: ITV Border

A Workington school has been taken out of special measures... just two weeks before it's due to close.

Ofsted inspectors found improvements were still needed at Southfield Technology College, but that it is no longer failing.

It was put into special measures in January 2014.

It'll close at the end of term, to be replaced by a new academy that will open in September.


St Bees school likely to remain closed until 2017

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A project team set up to look at options for St Bees School in West Cumbria say it could reopen in 2017.

The independent school closes to pupils on Friday because of falling student numbers.

Governors had originally hoped it would reopen next year, but that now looks unlikely.

Anthony Fox is leading the project team and told ITV Border:

The project team's aspiration is to have some form of education on site at St Bees at the start of academic year 2017/18.

"However none of us can give any guarantees that that will be the case because there are a range of factors and contingencies relevant to shaping the future.

"It should be clearly understood by all concerned that whatever it is that, hopefully, starts up again in 2017 will be a different institution from the current school."

– Anthony Fox

Cumbrian pupils join Credit Union

A Cumbrian school has teamed up with a local Credit Union to teach pupils how to manage their money.

Children at Threlkeld Primary School are being asked to add their pocket money to a savings account.

Staff at Allerdale Credit Union, who have helped organise the project, say they're impressed by how quickly youngsters have taken to it.


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