'THERE are some people, and I people in responsible positions in the world of education, who seem to think that we Catholics like to overcrowd our schools," said Bishop Rudderham last week.
The Bishop of Clifton was visiting Swindon to look for suitable sites for a church and a primary school on the Walcot Estate where, it is estimated, there will be between 300 and 400 Catholic children.
Bishop Rudderham, who was speaking at the annual prize day of Holy Rood School, where, after much negotiation, three additional classrooms have just been built. the cost being borne by the Catholic authorities. Designed for 250 children, the school had held 560.
The Bishop praised parents for sending their children to the overcrowded Catholic schools when they saw palatial schools to which they might send their children. They know that there are more important things than fine buildings and equipment.
A new circular from the Ministry of Education gives new hope that it will bc easier to build Catholic schools in the Clifton diocese. Even so. said the Bishop. Catholics would probably have to spend 1250,000 on their schools.