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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Concerns over closure of swimming pool at Carlisle academy

A headteacher is worried a pool closure will increase the cost of teaching children to swim.

Janet Ditchburn photo
Janet Ditchburn

Related: Swimming pool at Carlisle academy to close in three weeks

The facilities at Richard Rose Central Academy in Carlisle will close on April 13, resulting in one job loss and causing problems for hundreds of students in the city.

Janet Ditchburn, headteacher at the city’s Brook Street Primary School, admitted the decision could create difficulties.

She said: “It will affect us because we will no longer be able to use the pool.

“My concern is whether other pools have got the capacity. I like my children going swimming in the afternoon if other pools have got the spaces.

“The other thing for us is that because we are so local to the academy we can walk round – if we had to go to Richard Rose Morton Academy, for example, we would then have the added cost of coaches.”

Staff at Richard Rose Central Academy pool were told of the decision by letter and in person.

It is understood that the Richard Rose Federation – in the process of being taken over by United Learning – made the decision because upgrading the facilities would cost tens of thousands of pounds.

An academy spokesman said the decision had been “thoroughly considered” and that only one full-time post will be lost as a result of the closure.

The spokesman said: “Lessons will cease on April 13 but those who currently use the pool will be well provided for elsewhere.”

The spokesman said the management had been impressed by the professionalism of staff throughout the closure process and said they will continue to explore ways of working with Carlisle Leisure Limited, which operates other pools and sports centres in the city.

More than 12 primary schools use the pool at Richard Rose Central for lessons. They have a legal obligation to ensure children are taught to swim.

Have your say

Dave - its a school pool used by many schools, why should it have to make money? It'll cost more overall if the kids have to get bussed to other pools and waste time when they should be getting taught at school instead of traveling around the city.

Most schools don't make money, do you suggest we close them as well?

Posted by alan brown on 25 March 2014 at 08:40

Does it make money?
If not why not?
Just close the pool,we don't need it!

Posted by dave on 24 March 2014 at 17:42

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