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Government announces £20m of funding to rebuild troubled Whitehaven Academy

Whitehaven Academy Credit: ITV Border

Whitehaven Academy is getting a new lease of life after the Government announced it is awarding £20m to rebuild the school.

The Department for Education says new facilities will improve the learning environment for pupils and staff as well as benefitting the wider community in west Cumbria.

The academy has experienced a number of problems over recent years with parents raising safety concerns over the state of the current building and education inspectors placing it in special measures.

Former sponsors The Bright Tribe Trust pulled out of running the school and it has since been taken over by the Cumbria Education Trust.

“It is fantastic news that The Whitehaven Academy will have an entirely new academy building, offering a fresh start for the school – this is the best use of resources to provide a much improved learning environment for pupils and staff. The building will not only help provide the children with the education that they deserve, but will also benefit the wider Whitehaven community.

“It is great to see Cumbria Education Trust (CET) helping to drive improvement by taking on schools with significant challenges. Yewdale school, for example, has recently been judged Good by Ofsted in their first inspection since joining CET, having previously been judged as Inadequate, demonstrating CET’s great work in providing a high standard of education for all of its pupils.”

– Lord Agnew, Academies Minister