MEMBERS of the Cumbrian community along with experts in land-based education and industry have formed a company to bid for Newton Rigg’s future in the Government’s strategic review of options for the site.

Newton Rigg Ltd submitted an Expression of Interest to the Further Education Commissioner, as well as detailed educational proposals for the future of Newton Rigg, as part of the review process.

“Our bid to save Newton Rigg is solely focused on the continuation, and development, of specialist land-based education at an enhanced campus, for the benefit of young people and adults, farming communities and relevant industries in Cumbria and elsewhere,” said Professor Andrew Cobb, chairman of Newton Rigg Ltd.“Alongside many others speaking out in support, we believe that Newton Rigg has a vital and sustainable future. Our purpose is to facilitate this by working with local investors and partners who share our vision: putting the student first, maintaining excellence in academic achievement, improving the campus, investing in new opportunities and building strong partnerships in land-based industry just like those upon which this unique educational establishment was originally built.”

Newton Rigg Ltd’s directors, advisors and sponsors bring together experts from local and farming communities, specialist land-based education (including two former Newton Rigg governors), employment training, industry, law and financial planning.

Newton Rigg Ltd said it is continuing to receive numerous letters of support from a wide range of high-profile members of the local and farming communities, local industries and land-based sectors. These can be viewed on the company’s website:

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