By MARIAN CURD
ONE of the most complicated Catholic school projects ever faced in the Westminster Diocese will he set in motion during the next few weeks.
It involves: (I) The amalgamation of two well-known girls' grammar schools in Highgate and Holloway; (2) 'the eventual establishing of the two new five-form entry comprehensive schools, one for boys, the other for girls, both in the Islington area.
The plans call for the building of a magnificent new school—the first stage of which will cost £200,000—for Our Lady of Sion Grammar School, Holloway, in the grounds of La Sainte Union Grammar School, Highgate Road.
La Sainte Union Convent School, over 100 years old, and having a longstanding reputation as an independent Grammar and boarding school, is to be amalgamated with Sion Grammar School.
The School will change its status from Independent to Voluntary Aided, as Sion is already. When Sinn transfers — the new buildings are expected to be ready late in 1965—the two schools will be combined to be called La Sainte Union Grammar School. The L.S.U. Sisters will be in charge.
Initially the new school will be two-form entry and will take some 300 girls from LS.U. and 350 from Sion. The second phase bringing it to four-form entry will come in 1968.
As soon as the Sion School site is vacant (the Sisters intend to devote more time to their work for and with the Jewish people) further moves will take place: The present Bishop Gifford Secondary Modern School (mixed) and St. William of York Secondary Modern School (also mixed) and both in the Islington area, will undergo changes—
The Sion site plus a London County Council school called the Alfred Pritchard School, will become a girls' comprehensive school; the Bishop Gifford and St. William of York buildings will he amalgamated as a comprehensive school for boys.
This will bring to at least seven the number of Catholic Comprehensive schools in the diocese,