Competitive process would be launched for new 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.

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Workington schools to shut

Stainburn and Southfield secondary schools in Workington will close after failing their recent Ofstead inspections. The county council hopes instead to merge the schools into an academy.