A consultation begins today into whether two secondary schools in Workington should close and be replaced by an academy.
Stainburn and Southfield schools both failed their Ofsted inspections last week and were put into special measures.
Two of Workington's secondary Schools look set to close after being found to be inadequate by inspectors. Stainburn and Southfield have now been put into special measures by Ofsted.
To try to turn around the town's education standards a new academy will be created instead, opening at the start of next year. Time Backshall reports
As a consultation begins on plans to close two schools in Workington the county council are hoping they can secure the funds to build a new home for the new academy.
They are working with the Education Funding Agency on their plans to develop a brand new school building in Workington under the government’s Priority School Building Programme.
Initial assumptions are that a new building would open in late 2017.
If the council shuts both Stainburn and Southfield schools the new academy to replace them could open in a years time.
A consultation begins on Monday into the plans to close both schools and set up an academy.
Both of the Workington which will probably close had applied to convert as academies and join the Bright Tribe multi academy trust but the decision to commence the closure process and create one sponsored academy means that a competitive process is now required.
The council will on Monday (20 January) start the competitive process to identify a suitable sponsor for the new academy.
For the schools to close the council must follow a statutory consultation process. This involves an initial consultation period of 6 weeks
Following this the council’s Cabinet will consider the response to consultation and make a decision on whether to agree publication of statutory proposals for the closure of both schools. If that is agreed Cabinet will then make a final decision about closure following a statutory notice period.
Cumbria County Council has announced its intentions today to close both Stainburn and Southfield secondary schools in Workington and replace them with a new academy.
Both schools were judged as inadequate in recent Ofstead inspections and are now in special measures.
A consultation will begin on Monday 20th asking for the views of parents, staff, governors and pupils and other interested parties on a proposal to close both schools and replace them with a single new Academy, ideally operating on one site, but it is possible that initially both will be used.
All pupils currently at each school would be automatically enrolled in the new Academy, as would those who have applied for Year 7 places for September 2014 at either school.
Workington's two secondary schools, Southfield and Stainburn are to close after failing their Ofsted inspections.
Both have been placed into special measures today and it's been announced that they will be replaced by a single academy at the start of next year, subject to a consultation.
They were criticised for failing to allow pupils to progress sufficiently and reach their full potential.
Initially the Academy will continue to operate from the two existing sites but a new single site building could be created by 2017.
The county council will begin the search for a sponsor for the new academy.