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Four-hundred year-old West Cumbrian school to close

The school is to close at the end of the summer term. Credit: St Bees School

A West Cumbrian school that's been open for more than 400 years is to close.

St Bees School offers boarding and day education. It will shut at the end of the 2015 summer term, the governors have announced.

That's because of declining recruitment, particularly since the economic crisis in 2008, and the school's financial position is now untenable.

“The governors have considered every possible solution. They wish to acknowledge publicly the untiring effort the Headmaster and his team have put into our recent recruitment campaigns, both day and boarding. We also recognise the financial and other support the school has received from a number of sources, most notably the Old St Beghians. Without that support, it is likely that we would have reached this point much earlier.

“We examined carefully the possibility of converting the school to a non-fee-charging Free School. However, the funding formula available from central government would not be sufficient to sustain a feasible business plan for the school, even assuming that the government were to approve our application

“We have concluded, however, that the only practical option left open to us is, while there are still the resources to do so, to close the school in as orderly and considerate a manner as possible.

– Chairman of Governors, Emeritus Professor Frank Woods

“This is a desperately sad day for all of us. We have worked extremely hard to try to avoid this outcome but what matters now, the governors’ decision having been made, is to ensure that our pupils and staff suffer as little as possible.

“All my efforts for the next four months will be to ensure that pupils continue to receive top-quality education and pastoral care, that examination candidates are not distracted, that parents receive help and support in trying to place their children in other schools and that we do everything possible to support our exceptional staff.”

– Headmaster James Davies

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Latest school closures in Dumfries and Galloway

Below is a list of the latest school closures:

  • Creetown Primary
  • Crossmichael Primary
  • Douglas Ewart High
  • Garlieston Primary
  • Hardgate Primary
  • Kirkgunzeon Primary
  • Kirkinner Primary
  • Minnigaff Primary
  • Penninghame Primary
  • Port William Primary
  • Portpatrick Primary
  • Springholm primary
  • Whithorn Primary

For updates throughout the day, and information on possible closures tomorrow, click here.

Wintry weather causes school closures

Clovenfolds Primary School was closed to all pupils today Credit: ITV News Border

12 schools were closed today as a result of wintry weather, and a further 20 were partially closed.

No school transport was in operation, under the Councils 'resilient schools' initiative.

All schools are expected to open as normal tomorrow (Wednesday 20th).

Plans are made for road and school closures at Scottish Borders Council's Emergency Bunker Credit: ITV News Border

Latest school closures in Dumfries and Galloway

Heavy snowfall in Dumfries and Galloway has caused many schools to close.

Below is a list of the latest school closures:

  • Sanquhar Primary
  • Sanquhar Academy
  • Kirkcowan Primary
  • Kelloholm Primary
  • Cargenbridge School
  • Ae Primary
  • Penninghame Primary
  • Carrutherstown Primary
  • Canonbie Primary
  • Beattock Primary
  • Hecklegirth Primary
  • Hottsbridge Primary
  • Gelston Primary
  • Tundersgarth Primary
  • St. Mungo Primary
  • St. Columba's RC Primary
  • Eaglesfield Primary
  • Mouswald Primary
  • Moffat Academy
  • Moffat Primary
  • Hoddom Primary
  • Applegarth Primary
  • Collin Primary
  • Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary

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Latest school closures from across the region

Scottish Borders

Hawick High School catchment area

-Wilton Spectrum

Peebles High School catchment area

-Eddleston-Newlands

-Walkerburn

Kelso High School catchment area

-Morebattle

Galashiels Academy catchment area

-Heriot

Earlston High school catchment

-Gordon

-Westruther

Selkirk High School catchment area

-Yarrow

Berwickshire High School catchment area

-Eccles/Leitholm

Dumfries and Galloway

-All schools open

Cumbria

-Blackford CE Primary School

For more information on part-closures, visit your local council website below:

Cumbria County Council

Scottish Borders Council