Merger plan for catholic schools

St Aloysius RC Infant School, Hebburn

St Aloysius RC Infant School, Hebburn

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A South Tyneside school has a ten-year plan to unite all its pupils on one site, it has emerged.

Infant and junior children at St Aloysius Roman Catholic School in Argyle Street, Hebburn, are currently located in two buildings adjacent to each other.

Our long term aim is one school, on one site

Nick Conroy

 The proposal is to expand the junior school site to eventually transfer all infant pupils across.

The first stage of the amalgamation is the creation of an expanded main hall and a new classroom and corridor.

The application came before members of the council’s planning committee this week but a decision was deferred for a site visit to assess problems surrounding traffic congestion when parents and carers drop off and pick up pupils.

Members were also informed the infant school contained asbestos – although it poses no danger to children.

 Headteacher Nick Conroy said he was “very sympathetic” to the congestion concerns of residents living in Makendon Street and pledged to “work with our parents and the local authority to improve the situation”.  

 He added: “Our long-term aim is for one school, on one site. We are not proposing to increase the number of pupils attending our schools.

 “The infant school was built over 80 years ago and is now no longer fit for purpose. The governing body is determined the school move to outstanding as soon as possible because the pupils of our schools and the people of Hebburn deserve it. This involves the significant upgrading of our environment.

 “Over the last two years we have invested significant amounts upgrading our schools, the current planning application is part of this upgrade.”