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Nuclear power firm to run school

Sellafield
Lessons are due to start in September

The Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria is to run a state school specialising in science and business enterprise.

Sellafield Ltd, which runs the plant near Whitehaven, is one of three organisations that will manage the new West Lakes Academy.

The University of Central Lancashire and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) are also involved.

The academy - formed by the merging of two secondary schools - is due to open in September in Egremont.

The institution will initially operate in the premises of one of the closing schools, whilst modern facilities are built in the next year.

A spokesperson for the nuclear plant said supporting the West Lakes Academy would reinforce the UK's nuclear skills base and retain West Cumbria in the UK's energy policy.

A new generation of nuclear experts would "maintain Sellafield's position as a global centre of excellence for nuclear skills", he added.


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