Choice of school
siR.-There is no doubt that many parents are faced with acute difficulties in finding Catholic schools for their children. The Southwark Diocesan Commission is very much alive to these problems which in some parts of the diocese appear insuperable, but it is difficult to understand the anxieties of Mrs. Warren, of Bromley.
Arrangements made with Kent Education Committee several years ago are working satisfactorily and may well be quoted as examples for less enlightened authorities. fhe K.E.C. have agreed to pay fees at two Catholic Independent Ci rammar Schools near by for any Catholic children who qualify in the county examination. Girls may attend the Holy Trinity Convent, Bromley, and boys the St. Mary's College, SicicuPi conducted by the Marist Fathers. The K.E.C. are also taking 15 places each year for boys at St. Joseph's Academy, Blackheath, an aided grammar school for boys in the London area conducted by the Christian Brothers. The only condition is that the children live within reasonable daily travelling distance from the schools.
It is appreciated that owing to family connections or other reasons other schools may be more attractive to parents. but we can scarcely blame the local authority which has made adequate provision for Catholic grammar places near by declining to take additional places farther afield.
Many Catholic parents will envy the arrangements made for the Bromley area. Mrs. Warren would be well advised to seek further advice before moving into London. There are parts of London where the school situation is worse.
(Rev.) E. Mahony, Secretary, Southwark Diocesan Schools' Commission. 2 Mitcham Lane, Streatham, S.W.16.