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17 December 2020

Cabinet confirms £5m investment in two new alternative provision schools

Cumbria County Council today moved a step closer to building two much needed new school facilities.

Members of the council’s Cabinet today approved the award of a building contract for the new schools, which will cater exclusively for alternative provision to 40 pupils at each school - one in Carlisle, and one in Barrow.  The contract was awarded to Roland Hill Ltd to build both schools.

The specialist schools will cater for the growing number of young people who are unable to access mainstream education due to social, mental and emotional and health issues.

A key element of the Inclusive Cumbria Strategy (2017-22), this £5m investment from the county council seeks to improve outcomes for young people.  The schools, in Barrow and Carlisle, will be managed by the council’s Pupil Referral Services department, providing new and additional space to compliment existing facilities at Newbridge House and the Gilford Centre.

Cllr Sue Sanderson, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said:

“It’s great to see progress towards two new Alternative Provision schools in areas of need in Cumbria. The council is absolutely committed to ensuring all children are able to access education, whatever their needs, and these new schools will provide children with a range of academic, social or emotional difficulties a genuine local alternative to a mainstream school. This is brilliant news for families in Cumbria.”


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Cumbria County Council today moved a step closer to building two much needed new school facilities.