A£2m. Catholic School building programme has been proposed for the County of Cheshire. Details released this week by the Shrewsbury Diocesan Schools Commission show that the list includes eight primary schools, seven secondary schools and a grammar school.
In addition, nine existing schools will be replaced by new buildings. Although all the proposals have been forwarded to the Ministry of Education by the Cheshire County Education Committee. the committee says that they are unable to support five of the schools.
But Mgr. P. Rees. Chairman of the Diocesan Commission emphasises that all the schools are needed if places are to be provided for all the Catholic children and the worst of the old schools are replaced.
NEW ESTATES Among the schools not approved by the County Authority is a boys grammar school in the Wirral where twice as many boys are winning grammar school places than can be accommodated al St. Anselm's, Birkenhead, the only grammar school in the area.
Many of the new schools are for northern districts of the county where large new estates arc being built to house Manchester's overspill population.
Typical of these is Hattersley. near Hyde. where it is estimated that by 1%7 there will he 500 Catholic children of primary.school age,
Brothers get Papal awards
Two pairs of brothers have this week been named to receive Papal awards.
. The Knighthood of St. Gregory the Great is to be conferred on Mr. Edward Fattorini and Mr. Joseph Fattorini. of Bradford. Both are prominent in the civic and educational world. A third K.S.G. goes to another Bradford man. Mr. George Meredith, also well-known in the educational world.
Brothers who. in the words of their parish priest. Mgr. Bagshawe, have given a lifetime of service to the Church", are to receive the Cross Pro Erclesia et Pontitire, They are Mr. Herbert Goddard and Mr. Charles Goddard. of Our Lady of Victories parish, Kensington. London. Mr. Charles Goddard's award has been made posthumously; he died a short time ago.
The Catholic Teachers' Religious Certificate Examination will be held on Saturday, March 14. Candidates should apply at once to their local diocesan inspector, enclosing entrance fee of 10s.