Page 3, 6th June 2003

6th June 2003
Page 3
Page 3, 6th June 2003 — Order hands over control of school
Close

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.

Tags

Locations: Reading

Share


Related articles

Being One Mind And Heart On The Way To God...

Page 7 from 6th September 2002

Friars Forced To Let Go Of 4 Parishes

Page 1 from 16th December 1994

Pupils Process To Grotto Of Our Lady

Page 10 from 28th May 2010

Church Denies Muslim School `take-over'

Page 2 from 20th January 2006

Jesuits 'retire' From School .

Page 2 from 4th April 1969

Order hands over control of school

BY CHRISTINA WHITE

ANOTHER religious order in Britain is to relinquish control of a school to a lay organisation.

The Augustinian Province of England and Scotland will hand over control of Austin Friars School in Carlisle and St Monica's Preparatory School, which shares the same site, to a charitable trust. From September the school will be known as Austin Friars St Monica's, providing education from nursery through to sixth form.

The announcement comes just weeks after the Presentation Brothers confirmed they would be handing over control of Presentation College in Reading. Berkshire to an educational trust for the "management and operation" of the school.

The friars have stressed that links will be maintained with Austin Friars. Two Augustinians, including the order's provincial Fr Paul Graham OSA, will be trustees and two friars will continue to teach at

the school. Fr Graham said declining vocations made the transfer of the school inevitable, "the gift" of the buildings and assets would secure its future.

He said: "The number of Augustinians able to teach at Austin Friars has declined and the Order has gradually been replacing the governors and posts of responsibility in the school with lay people.

'We have been looking for a number of years with the predominantly lay governors for a way to ensure Austin Friars' future. As a result of these negotiations the trustees of the Order decided to make a gift of the school to a lay charitable trust."

The school will continue to belong to a network of Augustinian schools worldwide.

Austin Friars was established in 1951 as a boys' boarding and day grammar school. With the advent of comprehensive education the school became independent. When demand for boarding places dropped it became co-educational.




blog comments powered by Disqus