Head Welcomes Academy Bid; EDUCATION: Proposal Would Embrace Several Catholic Schools
Byline: By Lucy Lynch EDUCATION REPORTER
HEAD teacher Brendan Higgins has welcomed plans by Catholic church leaders to create a city academy in Rugby.
The move would mean there would still be a Catholic secondary school in Rugby - the present one, Bishop Wulstan Catholic School, is currently under threat of closure.
Bosses at the Catholic Diocesan Schools Commission want to be the main sponsor of an academy serving 930, three to 16-year-old pupils.
Part of the school would be in a new building on a site in the west of Rugby and part would be on the site of English Martyrs Catholic Primary School in High Street, Hillmorton.
The academy would specialise in business and enterprise.
Priority would be given to Catholic children and then children living closest to the new academy would be offered places.
Mr Higgins, head of Bishop Wulstan School, said: "We welcome this creative proposal which demonstrates the future viability of Catholic education in Rugby.
"The strength of the sup port from parents, governors, staff and the wider community including councillors from across the political spectrum has made this vision possible."
The idea is a response to Warwickshire County Council's proposal to close the secondary school in Oak Street, Rugby, because, the council says, it is becoming too small to be viable.
Bishop Wulstan is the only state Catholic sec ondary school in the town.
Father Marcus Stock, director of schools for the Archdiocese Birmingham, said: "We hope that it will win the support of councillors and parents. …