Page 7, 2nd November 1951

2nd November 1951
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Page 7, 2nd November 1951 — School bill in Coventry is £825,000

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Organisations: Cotton College
Locations: Birmingham, Coventry


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From A Correspondent AS the Education Act now stands, it looks as if the Catholics of Coventry will have to find £825,000

for new schools. Roughly, that is £41 for each Catholic man, woman and child.

A new primary school in St. Mary's parish, blessed on Saturday by Archbishop Masterson, has cost 08.000. of which Catholics will have to find about half.

The Archbishop said he hoped the new Government would consider the position of Catholic schools " in the light of broadmindedness unclouded by party politics." " We shall keep our schools whatever the burden," Mgr. Masterson declared.

Coventry, with its population of well over a quarter of a million, must be now one of the largest centres of Catholic population without a Catholic grammar school for either boys or girls.

On occasions in one year one of the city's Catholic schools has been known to produce as many as 28 children qualifying for grammar schools.

The city's education committee has helped a few of these with fees at the Convent of Sisters of Mercy at Kenilworth. One or two travel to Birmingham grammar schools (already crowded). more than 20 miles away. A few have been assisted, helped by the education committee, at Cotton College. There are proposals to build two Catholic grammar schools, one for boys, one for girls. at a cost of £105,000 each-all of which will fall on the Catholic community.

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