Barrow academy gets green light

Barrow-In-Furness gets the go ahead from the government to open its new academy in September.

Barrow-In-Furness’ planned new academy has got the green light from the government to open in September. Schools Secretary Ed Balls approved the funding agreement for Furness Academy yesterday. The ministerial thumbs up allows the new secondary school to open next month and replace Parkview, Thorncliffe and Alfred Barrow schools. This is great news for the town and will lead to hugely increased education facilities and a solid employment basis. The £45 million project will lead to many new job vacancies within the school as well as other professions such as accountancy, finance, law etc. The construction of the development has been a very smooth process and has boosted trade for local manufacturing and engineering firms.

The academy will be based at the Parkview and Thorncliffe sites and be sponsored by Barrow Sixth Form College, Furness College and the University of Cumbria.

The aim of Barrow’s academy, which is estimated to cost around £45 million, is to raise education standards, improve school facilities and tackle falling rolls. It will create many work vacancies for teachers and the process of setting up the academy will secure and boost the engineering, finance, law and accountancy firms in the local area.

Good luck to the academy and to Barrow In Furness and the South Lakes!