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.
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