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Feedback for schools in Scottish Borders

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Parents, pupils, teachers and community groups are being asked to share their views on schools in the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Borders Council will use the information to help shape the future of how education is provided in the region. They are looking for opinions on the state of buildings, classrooms and other educational facilities

So what we really need to do is look and see where we are and do a complete audit if you like of the estates, of the schools, of the catchment areas, looking at demographics, looking at all the costs involved in our education programme because obviously we need to do that, we have to be able to show that we spend the money that we get efficiently."

– Cllr Sandy Aitchison, Scottish Borders Council's Executive Member for Education


Carlisle skills fair gives opportunities in nuclear industry

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Career opportunities in Cumbria's nuclear industry have been part of a Skills Fair in Carlisle today.

The government's skills minister Nick Boles attended the event which has been organised by the Carlisle Economic Partnership.

Nuclear is definitely important for our county. You've got Sellafield already here, the potential investment from NuGen. So we've got to appreciate there are real opportunities for our county on the back of nuclear.

But there are a lot of other businesses here aswell, offering great career opportunities. We have to accept it's a diverse economy but we've got to accept the importance that nuclear has."

– John Stevenson MP, Carlisle - Conservative


Lake District boss receives university honour

Richard Leafe receives his honorary degree Credit: LDNP

Richard Leafe, chief executive of the Lake District National Park, has received a Doctor of Letters honorary degree from the University of Sheffield in recognition of his achievements in geography.

I am delighted and proud to be recognised by Sheffield University for my contribution to geography. I look forward to developing future links with the university and hope to pass on my experience and inspire those who are starting out in this field."

– Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of Lake District National Park

Pupils return to Newman School for first time since floods

Newman School during the December flooding Credit: ITV Border

Pupils flooded out of their school are going back into the classroom this morning.

Newman Catholic School in Carlisle was deluged by up to seven feet of water last month.

Now, pupils will attend lessons on the site of a former primary school in the city.

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
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