Open day to discover St Bees School plans

21 April 2017 8:00AM

People can find out more about the plans to reopen St Bees School at an open day tomorrow.

It was announced last month that trustees of the 432-year-old school were working with South East Asian education group Shenzhen International to reopen it to pupils in September 2018.

Members of the community and interested parties are invited to visit the school between 1.30pm and 4.30pm to meet the trustees and directors of Shenzhen International.

Presentations by Mark George, trustees chairman and Danny Wang, of Shenzhen International, will be held at 1.30pm and 3.30pm and people can drop in at any time for a chat.

A spokesman said: "Although this is not an open day for new pupils, we welcome anyone who would like to find out more about the plans for September 2018 and register their interest in admissions."

The school closed in 2015 due to falling pupil numbers.

Campaigners spent months fighting to save it, but it finally closed its doors with tears from all involved in it.

Since its closure, a new board of trustees formed to investigate whether it could reopen.

Day and boarding pupils from West Cumbria, across the UK and internationally will be welcome at the school.

The trustees have already advertised for a new headteacher for the school.

The closing date was at the beginning of April, and the trustees said they hoped final interviews would take place next week.

They want the headteacher to be in place by January, or earlier, to help prepare for the reopening.

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