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Ward councillors oppose this school closure plan

10 May, 2019

• AS St Pancras and Somers Town ward councillors we were shocked to learn about the possible closure of St Aloysius Primary, (St Aloysius Primary School could shut by Christmas, April 25).

There has been a Catholic school in Phoenix Road for more than 150 years. We’re indeed very concerned. It is devastating news for the children, parents and teachers. Many teachers may become unemployed. We oppose the closure of the school.

The unexpected news for families has put a lot of pressure and stress on parents who have been contacting us. Finding another school placement nearby is causing upheaval in families who have to make new arrangements and travel further to school.

We are concerned about how children will suddenly adjust to new schools. Parents are concerned about the effect on Year 6 pupils as it is a crucial year for them before moving on to secondary school.

This is a shocking news for many children. There are emotional impacts as many may lose their friends and teachers. We wonder whether an equality impact assessment was completed. Any closure of the school could be premature.

More housing could be built in the Euston development and more families will move in. We’re calling for an urgent dialogue of all parties to find an alternative plan. We would like to see alternative proposals to avoid the closure of the school.

We urge all those interested to email comments to StAloysius@camden.gov.uk or to visit the school and leave comments on a consultation form by June 5.

CLLR SAMATA KHATOON
CLLR ROGER ROBINSON
CLLR PAUL TOMLINSON
Labour, St Pancras & Somers Town ward

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