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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Swimming pool at Carlisle academy to close in three weeks

A swimming pool used by thousands of children across Carlisle will close in three weeks.

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

The Richard Rose Federation, which runs the school, had previously stated that 14 jobs could be lost. A final figure, however, is yet to be confirmed.

It is understood that the 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”, adding: “Lessons will cease on April 13 but those who currently use the pool will be well provided for elsewhere.”

More than 12 primary schools who have a legal obligation to teach children to swim use the facilities. Other lessons also take place.

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