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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.

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New Workington Academy could open in a year

If the council shuts both Stainburn and Southfield schools the new academy to replace them could open in a years time.

“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. "

– Cllr Anne Burns, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cumbria County Council

A consultation begins on Monday into the plans to close both schools and set up an academy.

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