Failing Stainburn and Southfield schools to close

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Councillors have approved the closure of two schools in west Cumbria which failed Ofsted inspections.

Workington's Stainburn and Southfield schools, which had been put in special measures, will be replaced by a purpose-built academy.

The Lakes Academy Trust has been recommended as the sponsor.

It had been proposed that the schools would close on 31 December, but this has been postponed until August 2015 to limit disruption to the pupils.

Cumbria County Council's cabinet has referred the case to the Department for Education for approval.

Councillor Anne Burns, cabinet member for children's services, said: "Bringing together two schools is always complex.

"The big issues now are getting confirmation of the new academy sponsor, a funding agreement being signed between them and the Department for Education and the site for the new school being chosen.

"These are all decisions for the Secretary of State and we look forward to hearing from them soon."

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