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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Study to consider educational village

A FEASIBILITY study for a multi-million pound educational village in Whitehaven will go ahead.

By Sarah Robinson

Stewart Young, leader of Cumbria County Council, has this week confirmed that the council will work with nuclear partners to pay for the study, to see whether it will be possible to have three Whitehaven schools situated on one site.

The vision involves The Whitehaven Academy (formerly Whitehaven School), St Benedict’s and Mayfield School and is estimated to cost between £30million to £40 million.

Coun Young said: “We are not sure if and how it will work but we are all supportive of the vision. The feasibility study will look at all the legalities.”

He was unable to confirm how much the feasibility study will cost.

However, The Whitehaven News understands it will be hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Last month, we reported that Copeland MP Jamie Reed and county council officials were doubtful over The Whitehaven Academy’s future in the vision following its conversion from a county-council run school into an academy run by the Bright Tribe Trust.

Bright Tribe has since confirmed it is on board with the educational village vision.

Coun Young said that a meeting was recently held with all interested parties to discuss the way forward. He said: “Everybody is very supportive. If we can find a way forward we would all be very keen to do that.”

He added the study will look at numerous aspects of the vision, including the complexities of land ownership at The Whitehaven Academy and St Benedict’s sites.

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