A Cockermouth school which has been shortlisted for two prestigious national awards was delighted to be given a grant of £250 by the town council towards travel expenses.

Fairfield Primary School is the only county school to have been shortlisted in the 2019 TES School Awards. It is in the running for ‘Primary School of the Year’ and ‘Healthy School of the Year’.

Head teacher Chris Steele wrote to the town council: "To be shortlisted is a huge achievement. Three teachers in particular along with the head have worked especially hard to introduce new programmes for healthy living.

"The school would love to send the teachers who have worked so hard in their own time to achieve this success to the awards ceremony in London but are struggling to pay for train tickets and overnight accommodation."

Councillors agreed to support the school.

Councillor Andrew Semple said: "It's a great school, we should be really proud."