Workington's two secondary schools, Southfield and Stainburn are to close after failing their Ofsted inspections.
Both have been placed into special measures today and it's been announced that they will be replaced by a single academy at the start of next year, subject to a consultation.
They were criticised for failing to allow pupils to progress sufficiently and reach their full potential.
Initially the Academy will continue to operate from the two existing sites but a new single site building could be created by 2017.
The county council will begin the search for a sponsor for the new academy.