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Alston schools could be merged

Three schools in Alston could be merged. Credit: ITV Border

People in Alston want the area's secondary school and two primary schools to be merged, according to a consultation.

Earlier this year Cumbria County Council carried out an informal consultation to consider the future of Samuel King’s, Nenthead and Alston schools.

It got almost 350 responses, and 59.4 percent favoured the creation of one 'all-through' school, where

That was because the number of pupils at the schools has fallen, and current arrangements are not sustainable.

“We’re going through this process to safeguard the future of secondary education in Alston Moor because falling numbers of pupils means the current arrangements are not sustainable.

“I’d like to thank local people for giving us their views and taking the time to get involved in the informal consultation.

“Any change will require further consultation prior to decisions being taken and the community will be kept informed throughout that process.”

– Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for Schools and Learning

A working group will now be established to research the proposals.

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Penrith School 450th Birthday

The Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith is celebrating its 450th anniversary.

From 12 noon until 8 today (Saturday 28th June) there's live music, "celebrity" guests, tennis and sprinting competitions and a hog roast.

On Sunday 29th June, the school's current pupils will challenge former pupils to a cricket match, followed by a service at St Andrew's Church.

The service will feature readings and music from the last 450 years.

Programme for Saturday 28 June:

  • 12 noon to 6pm Stalls including: tombola, candy floss, coconut shy, hook a duck, giant buzzer, cupcakes, ice cream parlour, plant stall, book stall,
  • 12 noon to 3pm Giant Bouncy Castle
  • 12 noon to 2pm Barbecue & Tennis Tournament for Year 7 and Year 8
  • 12 noon to 1pm Performances by school musicians
  • 1pm Burying of time capsule
  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm Drama performances
  • 2pm to 3pm Sprinting competitions started by Gwenda Ward
  • 2pm to 3.30pm Tennis Tournament for Year 9 and Year 10
  • 2pm to 4pm Will Addison (Sale Sharks) rugby masterclass & musical performances
  • 3.30pm to 6pm Open Tennis Tournament
  • 4pm Planting of The Anniversary Oak
  • 5pm Flash mob - Les Misérables : One Day More
  • 6pm to 8pm Band performances

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Keswick School pupils have book published

'The Reader' has just been launched Credit: ITV Border

A group of children from Keswick School have written a book.

'The Reader', tells the story of one book's journey through time, the people who read it and what it thinks about those people.

The book has just been launched and it also has an ISBN number. That means it can be sold in bookshops and on Amazon, something that's caused great excitement for the pupils.

Keswick School pupils publish their own book

A group of children from Keswick School have written and published their own book.

The novel, called The Reader, was written by 12 pupils. It had its official launch last weekend at the Words by the Water literary festival at Theatre By The Lake in the town.

The book has an ISBN number and will be sold locally and online.

MPs react to new database for sharing patient records

On this week's Around The House, we debate a new scheme to share medical records kept by GP surgeries.

The information will be collected in a huge database and could eventually be shared with researchers and drug companies.

The NHS says data will be coded to protect confidentiality. Opponents say that cannot be guaranteed.

The Carlisle MP John Stevenson joined other northern MPs, Ian Swales and Iain Wright, to consider the issues:

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