Decision time for RC secondary students

MEETINGS begin on Wednesday for the parents whose children will be affected by the closure of St Catherine’s High School, at Holmfield, Halifax.

The Leeds Catholic Diocese is to cease funding secondary education in Calderdale in 2013 and arrangements are being made for existing pupils and primary school pupils who would have been starting at St Catherine’s in this September to be accommodated elsewhere.

The head of Trinity Academy, All Saints Catholic College and Park Lane Learning Trust, and Calderdale Council’s education director will attend the first meeting at 6.15pm on Wednesday at St Catherines.

Parents and carers are being asked to indicate by April 20 which school they would like their child to attend.

Education director Stuart Smith, said it would be possible for every child to go to Trinity Academy or other secondary schools, if that is what they want.

“The admissions team will provide details of those secondary schools that currently have places.”

The council’s schools spokesman Coun Ashley Evans urged everyone to attend the meetings.

“It is a valuable opportunity for parents and carers to ask questions of local headteachers and the council.”

People unable to attend, but who may have further questions can contact the council’s admissions team on 01422 392617.

Meetings and open evenings will also be held at Trinity Academy, at 6pm on March 26, at All Saints Catholic College, Bradley, at 6pm on March 28, and at Park Lane Learning Trust from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on March 29.

Parents should find out on May 1 whether their child has been accepted for a specific school.

The current year 10 pupils will finish their education at St Catherine’s in July 2013.