Hebburn school pupils to be united on one site with 10-year plan

St Aloysius RC Infant School, Hebburn
St Aloysius RC Infant School, Hebburn

The unification of a South Tyneside school on one site should move a step closer to reality next week.

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

The school asks parents to show more consideration

Nick Conroy

But the school has a ten-year plan to unite all its pupils on one site, it has emerged.

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

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

When members of the council’s planning committee meet on Monday they will be recommended to agree the extension, after paying a recent site visit to the school to assess issues around traffic congestion.

Residents in Makendon Street have raised concerns about being unable to park outside of their homes, particularly at school pick-up and drop-off times.

In a report to the committee, headteacher Nick Conroy accepted there was a problem and suggests remedies.

He says: “The school governors appreciate that there is a problem with parents parking around Makendon Street, and the school asks them to show greater consideration via their newsletters, website and texting service. The school is sympathetic to the concerns of local people.”

Mr Conroy also revealed the school was also updating its travel plan to address neighbours’ concerns.

He adds “In the meantime, as a temporary measure we are prepared to shut the school gates, the infants and juniors, from Makendon Street at the beginning and the end of the school day.

“Makendon Street should be made an enforceable zone, giving traffic enforcement officers greater powers to act on traffic violations.”

Members of the council’s planning committee are to meet from 10am on Monday at South Shields Town Hall. The public can attend.