Breaking News: St Bees School to re-open

By Ken Powell

St Bees School (Photo: D K Powell)

The Trustees of St Bees school have announced today that the school is to re-open its doors to students from September 2018.

The school was closed, amid general outcry and despite multiple attempts to save it, by the previous board of governors in 2015. Many of those involved in the rescue attempts have since joined the board of trustees and have been working behind the scenes ‘to see Grindal’s legacy re-ignited’ according to their email sent to supporters today.

Success was achieved after the trustees partnered with Shenzhen International, a South-East Asian education group, who are said to be ‘fully supportive to the ethos of the school’ according to the trustees’ statement. St Bees School will again accept day and boarding pupils from West Cumbria and the rest of the UK as well as international students ‘providing an opportunity for the pupils to form lifelong friendships across the globe.’

In the two years since the school’s closure, community links have been established allowing local clubs, history groups and businesses to use the facilities on offer which has in turn allowed the school assets to be maintained. The trustees in their statement said that it is ‘essential to the future success of the School that these links are maintained and the Trustees will work with local bodies to support the West Cumbrian economy and sustain diversity in the community.’ 

Promising state-of-the-art teaching techniques the trustees said that the school will retain its Christian values, that it has ‘a rich and proud history of over 400 years’ and they are now actively seeking to recruit a core staff and Headteacher to allow the re-opening of the school in 2018. Prospective parents are now being invited to register their interest.