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St Bees reopening is good news for Copeland says mayor

Copeland mayor Mike Starkie Credit: ITV Border

Copeland's Elected Mayor, Mike Starkie, has welcomed plans to reopen St Bees School following its controversial closure in 2015.

The 400-year-old school is to open again in September 2018 thanks to a support from a South East Asian education group.

He said: "I am very pleased to hear the good news that St Bees School is to reopen in the not-too-distant future.

"It is very important to the growth of Copeland that we can offer good educational facilities.

"As we seek to recruit staff for the West Cumberland Hospital, West Cumbria Mining and NuGen, among others, it is imperative that we have both a public and a state school offering.

"I would like to congratulate the trustees of the school for their fortitude, endeavour and vision to secure the partnerships that were required both with Shenzhen International and the community links that have been engendered. This is good news for Copeland."

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Food Technology classes back on the menu at Carlisle school since floods

Year 8 students in their first Food Technology lesson in the new kitchen Credit: ITV Border

A Carlisle school have begun teaching lessons in Food Technology again after repairing the damage to their kitchen caused by the December 2015 floods.

Central Academy has been undergoing a year of refurbishment work on the campus.

The first lesson in the school's new kitchen took place today. The Food Technology department says learning about food can improve the quality of the students' lives.

Learning about food at Central Academy is a practically involving experience.

Food presents people with everyday decisions to make and problems to solve. Students need to develop the knowledge, skills and practical capability to meet needs and requirements through appropriate responses to the challenges which food presents in their lives.

As such, food has a role to play in linking aspects of education that relate to health, life skills and in preparing young people as citizens.

– Caroline Hetherington, Technology Teacher

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Whizz kids bag place in international robot final

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A team of Cumbrian primary school children have secured a place in the final of an international competition, with their programmable robot named Donald Trump.

The pupils from Ennerdale and Kinniside Primary designed and built the robot at their after-school club.

A hundred teams from across the globe will battle it out for the top prize in June.

Workington Academy opens it's doors to students

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Workington Academy officially opened today and welcomed secondary students into the new building.

It's been formed by the merging of two former schools, Southfield Technology College and Stainburn School, which both previously had critical Ofsted reports.

To have a £16million investment in them, in their education, in their future, I think has made them feel incredibly important, incredibly fortunate and we've all said we will be worthy of the investment that the community and government has given us."

– Collette Macklin, Head of Workington Academy
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