THE EDUCATION Secretary Sir Keith Joseph has approved plans for Catholic Comprehensive schooling in Liverpool. The proposal is to close all 38 of the cities existing Catholic Secondary schools and to establish 15 new 11-18 comprehensives from September 1983.
The scheme provides for an equal number of girls, boys and mixed schools. Three Catholic direct grant schools in Liverpool will be brought in to the maintained, voluntary-aided sector as part of the comprehensive system.
The approval for the reorganization is signified in a letter from the Department of Education to the Liverpool Diocese Schools Commission and the Director of Education for Liverpool City Council. In the letter the Education Secretary stressed that the new schools must have curricula designed to meet the needs of pupils of all abilities. No school will be allowed to continue in existence with only Grammar schools streams.
At the same time the quality of 6th form work in the existing system must be maintained in the new comprehermiv es. H.M. Inspectors officials are being asked to join with the local education authority and the archdiocese in the preparatory work during the years of transition. The new schools will be established in existing buildings, some on multiple sites.