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Schools may prefer `all-in'

By a Staff Reporter CATHOLIC reaction to the Donnison report so far has been muted; but it does seem clear that if the demand to go comprehensive is implemented, rather than go independent, most of our direct grant schools will comply.

Fr. John Doyle, the chairman of the Association of Catholic Direct Grant Schools, summed up the attitude of the schools he represents, saying: "If the Donnison Report is implemented, most would not want to be independent. Educational judgment about selection would bow to necessity. "It should be noted that the Donnison Report offers as an alternative to independence, not merely voluntary-aided status, but on the advice of a substantial number of members of the commission, fullgrant status under a central body.

"This has been largely ignored in public comment, but because of its flexibility and independence would be much preferred to aided status. Under this scheme it would be much easier to take pupils from several authorities, as Catholic schools often do.

"It is not privilege we are after," he added, "but efficiency."

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