A CATHOLIC primary is set to become the first school to switch denominations in order to stay open.
Sacred Heart RC Primary School, in Lynwood Road, Blackburn, will now come under the direction of the Cidari Trust, which is run by the Diocese of Black-burn, from September.
Talks between the Dioceses of Blackburn and Salf-ord are believed to have lasted almost six months.
Parents of pupils at the school have received a letter from the governors inf-orming them of the news.
A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford said it was thought it was the first time such a change in status, from one denomination to the other, had taken place.
He said the decision had been taken because falling numbers of Catholic pupils on the roll meant the school, which currently has 189 pupils, was ‘no longer fulfilling its responsibility’ to its ‘Trust Deed’ as a Roman Catholic school.
Nick Kennedy, chairman of governors, said: “This decision secures the future of the school which is wonderful. The school has been struggling for its future for five, or six, years now. Click here to read more
On BBC Radio 2 news yesterday afternoon, the Catholic spokesman was quoted as reassuring parents that there wouldn’t be any real difference in the RE curriculum. That will come as no surprise to any regular Catholic Truth blogger.
So, what now – will other Catholic schools (both primary and secondary) follow suit? Already, some years ago, over 90% of pupils in a Catholic primary school in the south side of Glasgow were Muslims. Shouldn’t the authorities jump before they’re pushed – it is time to admit defeat and allow the Catholic schools in the central belt of Scotland to join the huge number of parishes due for closure? What’s the point of keeping them if the majority of pupils are not from practising Catholic homes or if the majority belong to another religion altogether?