Workington Schools Proposed Academy Sponsorship - Updated
We are delighted to confirm that we submitted an expression of interest in sponsoring the proposed new Workington Academy, and were very pleased that our submission is being recommended to the council’s Cabinet. Lakes College has been serving West Cumbrian communities for many years, with experience of working with all ages. We feel we presented a very compelling package which will enable us to utilise our experience, commitment to students’ success and desire to help raise standards. We offer a local solution which places young people at the centre, experiencing the high standard of education that the people of West Cumbria deserve. Community engagement is vital in establishing a high performing school and local people can be assured that if we are successful they will be fully engaged in the next steps. We await the decision from Cabinet on the 3rd April and look forward to moving this forward if we are successful.
We are delighted to confirm that earlier today the County Council's Cabinet selected Lakes Academy Trust as their preferred sponsor for the proposed new Academy in Workington. The Council now launch a formal consultation into the proposal to close both Southfield Technology College and Stainburn School and Science College, subsequently merging them into a new single Academy.
This statutory consultation is effectively a further four week period during which representations can be made to the Council by interested parties. Following this, a final decision on closure will be made by Cabinet in late July. It is anticipated that this four week period will begin on 2 May and end on 30 May.
If the final decision to close both schools is taken, it is expected this would happen on 31 December 2014 with the new academy opening to pupils from 1 January 2015.
Cllr Anne Burns, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said in relation to our application "In terms of the new sponsor I would like to congratulate the Lakes Academy Trust. They made a very strong case, demonstrating a clear vision for the new academy supported by strong evidence of community engagement and effective working with other local partners. Importantly they have an excellent knowledge of Workington and West Cumbria in general. Finally they really demonstrated an understanding of the possibilities that a new building would offer to do things differently and deliver improvements in teaching and learning"
We look forward to following developments which support our mission of working with our local community to help develop future prosperity.