The Hagley parish council is considering an objection by the local branch of the National Farmers' Union to the siting of a Catholic secondary school at Hagley, half-way between Stourbridge and Kidderminster and intended to serve the Catholics of both towns. The objection is based on the loss of good agricultural land.
The plan for a school at Hagley was put forward by Fr. J. FaulconerMorgan, who was from 1938 to 1944 parish priest at Kidderminster and a member of Kidderminster's education committee.
The efforts of the Brothers of St. John's College, Southsea, to secure playing fields for the school resulted in a public enquiry at Havant.
The land is outside Portsmouth and it is claimed that it should be reserved for agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in 1947 agreed that it could be used for school purposes. At the enquiry Mr. E. G. Barnard, Education Officer for Portsmouth. supported the claim of the college on the ground that there is no land in the city and because of the good work done by the college for boys from within and outside the city boundaries.