Cumbria

St Bees boarding school to reopen with Chinese link

St Bees school
Image caption St Bees was founded by Archbishop of Canterbury Edmund Grindal in 1583, during the reign of Elizabeth I

A 400-year-old boarding school in Cumbria which closed after student numbers dwindled is to reopen with a link to a Chinese educational group.

St Bees School, which had been struggling since the 2008 economic collapse, shut its doors in 2015.

Its new board of trustees has formed a partnership with Shenzhen International - which runs a college near Hong Kong offering UK educational qualifications.

The independent day and boarding school will reopen from September 2018.

In a statement, the trustees said the two institutions shared "a clear and unified vision of educating global leaders for the internationally mobile world".

It added: "The Old St Beghian community [a society of former pupils and staff] has provided essential support and encouragement in helping us to reach this point, and we look forward to developing a new cohort of OSBs in the future."

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