The Diocese of Westminster and the governing body at St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, following discussions with Camden Council, have been consulting on closing the school.
The decision to consult was taken because in recent years there have been fewer applications for school places at St Aloysius, resulting in a falling number of pupils. This means that the school is no longer attracting enough funding to maintain current staffing levels. In addition, the school’s buildings need significant investment to bring them up to modern standards.
In common with other London boroughs, Camden is experiencing a decline in the numbers of primary pupils, mainly due to a drop in the overall birthrate.
Parents, staff and the local community have been consulted about this proposal. Meanwhile, preparations are also being made ahead of any final decision to offer reassurance and a clear way forward for families and staff if the governors’ proposal to close the school is agreed by the Council.
Following the consultation, a decision is due to be taken before the summer term ends to give families greater certainty about the future of their children’s education. If the school closes, no child would be left without the offer of a suitable school place.
Update - 2 September 2019
Parents and carers have this week received a letter welcoming pupils back for the start of term and setting out arrangements for the coming term and the new academic year. Read or download the latest letter below:
Update - 19 July 2019
A report recommending closure of St Aloysius Catholic Primary School was agreed yesterday by Councillor Angela Mason, Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families. Following this, parents of pupils at the school have been told the news by the Chair of Governors, whose letter can be read or downloaded below:
- Letter to parents from the Chair of Governors of St Aloysius Catholic Primary School - 18.7.19 (PDF)
Update - 7 June
Notice of intention to discontinue St Aloysius Catholic Primary School
The governing body of St Aloysius Catholic Primary School has been consulting on the possibility of closing the school on or after 31 December 2019. A decision was taken by the governing body on 6 June 2019 to take forward the process by publishing this statutory notice, with the agreement of the RC Diocese of Westminster.
The reason for the proposal to discontinue the school is:
- a fall in the number of children joining the school, leading to over 40% of the school’s places being unfilled in 2018/19
- fewer school age children in the local area, reflected in Camden’s ‘live births’ data 2005/6 to 2016/17
- 421 actual primary school places from reception to Yr6 were unfilled within the local Planning Area in 2018/19.
Further information is in the ‘2018 Annual School Places Planning Report’. The period of representation will run for four weeks, until 4pm on Friday 5 July 2019.
You can respond by writing to the governing body at the school or by emailing StAloysius@camden.gov.uk
A report on any representations received will be made to Councillor Angela Mason, Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families, at a single member decision meeting at the Crowndale Centre, NW1 1BD at 10am on Thursday, 18 July 2019.
Copies of this summary notice and the full proposal are both available to view and download below.
Margaret Harvey, Chair of Governors
St Aloysius Catholic Primary School
Summary and full statutory notices:
- Summary of notice to close St Aloysius Catholic Primary School (PDF)
- Full notice to close St Aloysius Catholic Primary School (PDF)
Other relevant background information and documents: