Campaigners save Cumbrian school from closure

Cumbria's smallest school, with just 16 pupils, has been saved from closure by a campaign by the school and local community.

Captain Shaw's school in Bootle was due to close after the county council said it was not "financially viable".

Copeland Borough Council backed the campaign to support the school, despite concerns it runs at a low standard.

Cabinet members agreed to keep the school open if it, and its supporters, worked to improve performance.

They said that parents, school governors and the wider community, who had all expressed strong support for the school, should be given a further opportunity to make the school work.

Anne Burns, Cabinet Member for Children's Social Care, said: "The school and the local community have mounted a compelling campaign to keep the school open.

"It is now absolutely up to them to put plans into action to address all the concerns that have been highlighted during this process.

"Cabinet will be keeping a close watch over the coming months and will want to see clear evidence of improvement in educational standards and the school's finances.

"This is an opportunity for the whole community to come together to think innovatively about the school's future."

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