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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