A rescue team trying to help save one of Britain's oldest independent schools says it can't prevent it closing in the summer but is still working on a plan for its future
Earlier this month, Governors at the 400 year old St Bees school in west Cumbria announced it will shut because of falling pupil numbers.
Parents and members of the community are trying to come up with a rescue package but, in a statement released on Saturday 21st March, say they only received necessary business information yesterday. The group says there is a possibility education could continue at the school, either as an independent school or some other model. They're meeting on Monday night.
The England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster told ITV News that he is "absolutely gutted" about the proposed closure of his former school. He also said he first developed his love of rugby at St Bees School on the West Cumbrian coast.
Since Friday's shock announcement that the school is to shut because of dwindling pupil numbers, a huge campaign has been started to save it.
Last night parents and governors met for the first time since the news was announced last week. Hannah McNulty has this report:
Stuart Lancaster has told ITV News he's 'absolutely gutted' about the closure of his former school. The England rugby coach developed his love of the game at St Bees school on the west Cumbrian coast.
Governors announced on Friday the independent school in west Cumbria will close in the summer due to falling students numbers.
A 'rescue team' has been formed to try and help save the historic St Bees school from closure.
It was created at a meeting on Monday night of hundreds of parents and local community members. The team of 12 intends to carry out a viability study as its first task. One parent, Hillary Carter, whose son is at the school, estimated 700 people were at the meeting.
Governors announced on Friday the independent school in west Cumbria is set to close in the summer due to dwindling students numbers. They say the school's financial position is "unsustainable".
A Parents and Governors meeting is being held on Wednesday when more details will be discussed.
A public meeting is being held tonight in a bid to save St Bees School from closure.
It follows the announcement that the 400-year-old school will close.
The 300 pupils, their parents and staff were told the news on Friday. The school governors says that declining numbers since the economic crisis of 2008 have made the school's financial position unsustainable.
Parents, former teachers and members of the community are among those attending the meeting at the school's Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm.
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.
A 24 hour netball challenge has started at St Bees school today.
Both primary and secondary schools are taking part in the event throughout the day which runs through to Saturday morning.
The 24 hour challenge will have a staff game as well as local netballers from all over Cumbria playing during the night.
The event is part of Pink Netball fortnight which aims to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.
A Cumbrian village has been named the best place in Britain to raise a family.
St Bees, which has a population of less than 2,000 people, came top of the Family Hotspots report, which found it had a low crime rate, and strong community spirit.
Crime per capital in the village was 0.11, well below the national average of 0.25.
And another Cumbrian village, Moor Row, also came sixth in the report.
The beach is a great place when you're on holiday but as anyone who's had small children will know, the best sandy bits can all too easily disappear when the tide comes in, leaving the youngsters with nowhere to play.
Well, in one West Cumbrian community, they've come up with a solution - a new play park.
It's hoped the park at St Bees will attract more visitors and prevent the resort being at the mercy of the sea. Fiona Marley Paterson reports.