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'We cannot bankrupt school' - St Bees' governor

In an exclusive interview with ITV Border the chair of St Bees' governing board defended the decision to close the school this summer.

Professor Frank Woods attended a public meeting on Saturday night and told hundreds of angry parents that St Bees' future was not financially sustainable.

On Friday the governors confirmed the school would close this summer despite a rescue plan put together by a group of campaigners.

St Bees campaigners 'gutted' school will not re-open

St Bees School Credit: ITV Border

The Rescue Group which put together a package to try and save St Bees says it is now "impossible" for the school to re-open in September.

About 400 people gathered in the village church for a meeting on Saturday night.

It followed the governors' announcement on Friday that they had rejected the Rescue Group's alternative plan to secure the school's short-term future.

Rescue Group Chairman Mark George said he was "gutted" the school would not re-open in September. He added that he was "deeply sorry" the group's attempts had failed.

The under-fire chairman of St Bees' governing body, Professor Frank Woods, also attended the meeting.

He was, at times, jeered by parents and there were multiple calls for him to resign.

He said St Bees was "a treasure" but a "very expensive treasure" and that its future was not financially sustainable.


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