If the council shuts both Stainburn and Southfield schools the new academy to replace them could open in a years time.
– Cllr Anne Burns, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cumbria County Council
“While we understand the impact our decisions today will have, we strongly believe they mark the start of a process which will transform secondary education in Workington for the better.
“The proposal to close both schools and open a new academy with new leadership, a new ethos, and eventually a new building, would give young people in Workington what they deserve - the best possible chance to succeed at school and in life. "
A consultation begins on Monday into the plans to close both schools and set up an academy.