"The Diocesan Schools Committee has received an instruction from Bishop Konstant, however, not to publish any decision it might reach. The subject now goes forward to the Diocesan Education Commission, which will meet in February.
"The position of the Diocesan Schools Committee has been communicated to the Commission."
It seems likely that the Schools Committee has taken the extreme Step of recommending withdrawal of support for the ILEA structure, and the bishop's injunction of silence may be seen as an attempt to control the increasing friction between the committee and the ILEA.
This assumes particular importance in the face of imminent diocesan submissions to the ILEA on schools reorganisation in London.
There is a feeling that the diocese has lost the sympathy of the ILEA, which is bound in the near future to demand firm plans on the closure and amalgamation of secondary schools in Westminster.
Bishop Konstant as Chairman of the Education Commission has the job of making the final deci sion, Headteachers and governors have so far been unable to reach agreement on which schools are to be changed or closed and there seems little likelihood of any agreement.
The difficult position is complicated by financial pressures. Cuts are needed in the Education Commission, which includes the Schools Committee, and this will mean the loss of jobs.
Bishop Konstant may even feel that it would be better for him to give up his position as chairman before things come to a head.
In deciding which schools are to close, the diocese cannot ignore their site values. Under Bishop Konstant's plan last year. St Thomas More's, Chelsea would join with St Edmund's. Hammersmith on a new site.
The sale of the Chelsea site could go a long way to solving the diocese's financial troubles.
Another school waiting for reorganisation decisions is the Sacred Heart. Hammersmith. It too is on a prime development site. which was acquired by the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1893 for f37,000.
Only two sisters teach there full time, but the headmistress, Sister Moira Russell denied any intention by the society to pull out of running the school, unless it was forced out by the diocese's definitive proposals to the ILEA.