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Sky lanterns installed for new Harraby school

Harraby Credit: ITV Border

Sky lanterns have been installed at the site of the new and expanded Pennine Way Primary School in Harraby, Carlisle.

Sky lantern Credit: ITV Border

It's the latest stage in the multi million pound development of the site.

The lanterns have been designed to flood the school's buildings with natural light, and the milestone event was watched by pupils, and some special guests:

Pennine Way pupils Credit: ITV Border
Interested onlookers Credit: ITV Border

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Parents told of plans for troubled Carlisle school

Yewdale Primary School Credit: ITV Border

Parents of pupils at a troubled Carlisle primary school have been told of plans for its future.

Concerns were raised by Ofsted about Yewdale Primary School last March, and it was put into special measures.

Parents have now been told the school will be converted to an academy, as expected and in line with national government policy.

It will be sponsored by the William Howard Multi-Academy Trust.

The transition will take place over the next six months, and the school's expected to open as an academy this September.

“Although the Academy is not likely to open until September, we are mindful of the need to move quickly.

"We have now begun a consultation phase with all stakeholders and we look forward to meeting the pupils, parents, staff and the community in the near future.

"During this time, we will also be working closely with the temporary Executive Headteachers to help bring about rapid and sustained improvement."

– Martin Simpson, chair of William Howard Trust

Step forward for multi-million pound Carlisle school

The building of a new multi-million pound school and community hub in Carlisle takes a big step forward today, with the installation of sky lanterns.

They're designed to flood the buildings with natural light.

Work got underway on the new and expanded Pennine Way Primary School and community centre in Harraby in September.

The scheme is due to be completed this summer.

Moat Brae hosts World Book Day for Dumfries children

Moat Brae Credit: ITV Border News

Children from a Dumfries Primary school are visiting what will soon become Scotland's National Centre for Children's Literature and Storytelling.

Moat Brae house secured a grant of £300,000 earlier this week to finish its redevelopment.

The building, which inspired JM Barrie to write Peter Pan, is hosting today's event to celebrate world book day.

Our reporter Fiona Mcilwraith went along to tour:

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Schools Gymnastics Championships

Members of Dumfries High B, the winning team in the Secondary Level 2 category Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

Dumfries and Galloway's Schools Gymnastics Championships were held at the David Keswick Athletic Centre on Saturday.

This year saw the highest ever number of entries in the council organised event, with around 290 children from Primary and Secondary schools all over the region taking part.

The 1st and 2nd highest scoring teams in each of the competition's five categories will now represent Dumfries and Galloway at the National Schools Championships in March.

The prize winners in each category were as follows:

  • Primary Pre Level 1: 1st Moffat A, 2nd Hecklegirth D, 3rd Langholm C
  • Primary Level 1: 1st Newington B , 2nd Newington A, 3rd Gretna A
  • Primary Level 2: 1st Moffat A, 2nd Newington A, 3rd Eastriggs C
  • Secondary Level 1: 1st Dumfries High B, 2nd Dumfries High A, 3rd St Josephs A
  • Secondary Level 2: 1st Annan Academy A, 2nd Moffat Academy A, 3rd Langholm Academy A
Team Newington B, who won the Primary Level 1 category Credit: ITV Border
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