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Council approve West Cumbrian school closure

Cumbria County Council have today approved the move to close two failing secondary schools in West Cumbria, in favour of replacing them with a single academy.

Southfield Technology College and Stainburn school in Workington will now close in August 2015, delaying the closure from the end of this year.

The proposed new academy will have 1,200 places for school children.

Deputy Prime Minister gets behind Cumbrian education funding

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said he hopes a new fund announced by the Department of Education to help children from disadvantaged families will "help our youngest children get on in life."

It's hoped the new fund will make children better off in their education Credit: PA

He said:

“Every child in Cumbria deserves the chance to fulfil their potential, and this extra funding is a boost to help our youngest children get on in life and succeed.

“Boys and girls from poorer families have often already fallen nineteen months behind their better off classmates by the time they hang up their coat on the first day of school. Increasing their chances of success has got to be a top priority.”

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Education boost for Cumbria's youngest children

The Department for Education has today announced that three and four year olds from low income families will benefit from a new £50 million fund aimed at preventing them from falling behind before they have even started school.

Nearly 1,000 children in Cumbria could benefit from the new Early Years Pupil Premium, which is estimated to be worth around £300 per pupil.

This would mean that Cumbria will receive more than £286,000 in additional funding.

Get on on your bike!

Students from three of Carlisle's secondary schools are among the latest to receive specialist cycle safety training.

It's being delievered through Cyclewise, who provide more than 4,000 primary and secondary schoolchildren with training every year

Each of the schools encourage their students to cycle to school, and it's hoped that the training will help keep them safe on their journeys.

"Cycling is really on the up at the moment and we know Bikeability training is really popular with young people in schools."

– Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council

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Balloon launched at West Cumbrian school

The special balloon contains a recording device Credit: ITV News

Pupils from Cockermouth School in Cumbria are launching another recording device into space this morning.

They have constructed a special balloon, fit for space, with the help of trained professionals.

The pupils launch the balloon into the sky Credit: ITV News

The balloon is due to record video footage as it ascends into space and returns.

Cockermouth School was believed to be the first in Cumbria to send such a device into space last year.

Cockermouth pupils take top places in competition

Two pupils from Cockermouth School in Cumbria have come first and second in a prestigious writing competition.

Year 12 student Hannah Lewis won the Anne Pierson Cumbria Young Writers Award at the Words by the Water Festival in Keswick for her short story.

Year 13 pupil Jessica Walker came second for her poem.

"The work of Jessica and Hannah was stunning and I am very proud of their achievements."

– Head teacher Geoff Walker
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