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St Bees campaigners considering legal action

St Bees School will close this year. Photo:

A group of campaigners say they're exploring the possibility of taking legal action against the people who run a West Cumbrian School.

Campaigners met on Tuesday evening.

St Bees School will close this summer because the governing body says falling pupil numbers makes it financially unsustainable.

But hundreds of people have signed a petition calling for the governors to resign:

St Bees petition.

They say the governors haven't considered all of the financial options available for the school, and last night (Tuesday 21 April) about 80 people met in the village to discuss their options.

Paul Davies, one campaigner, says the governors have given them inconsistent information:

Another campaigner, Hazel Barker, says legal action is being carefully considered:

We have got to take this further, we have got to seek legal advice, and be guided so that it's done correctly. And with the same dignity that St Bees School deserves. We're very conscious that we need to stay dignified in all of this, for me that's very important."

– Hazel Barker, St Bees campaigner

Last week, the school governors defended the decision to close the school, and said it wasn't taken lightly. Katie Hunter has this report: