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.

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County Council want new school building in Workington

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.

“We want all schools to benefit from the freedoms that academy status can bring and are committed to finding the right academy solution. Both Stainburn and Southfield schools applied to convert to Academy status but, in the light of the recent Ofsted inadequate judgements, we believe the best way forward is for Cumbria County Council to seek closure of both schools and run a competitive process to set up a single academy under the leadership of a strong sponsor.”

– Department for Education spokesperson

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