St Teresa’s Governing Body response to Sefton Council Report – 22 July 2020
The Governing Body is delighted that the report recommends that St Teresa’s school should stay open for the foreseeable future. The school has been providing education to the local community for the last 150 years and now we can say it will carry on for many more years to come.
The Governing Body has worked hard with Sefton Council and the Archdiocese of Liverpool in order to find a solution that would guarantee the future of the school.
The way forward is to reduce the number of pupils in each year group and reorganise the class structure. St Teresa’s prides itself on being a village school with a big heart. A good education and taking care of a child’s welfare are at the centre of the school and the organisation of the school in this way allows it to achieve these key objectives.
The school has many opportunities to grow and we are grateful that the council recognises the commitment of the Governors, Staff, Parents, Parishioners and all other supporters by allowing the school to stay open.
We do still have places at the school for September and would be delighted to welcome children who want to join us in any year group. We have been assisted by the Archdiocese to second an excellent Headteacher, Louise Morton, from our neighbouring school, Holy Family. Mrs Morton will take charge of the school from September. The recommendation that the school stay open will allow the Governors to work with the Archdiocese to appoint a permanent Headteacher who will help implement our plans for the school.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the staff during the pandemic, St Teresa’s has been able to offer children a full timetable 5 days a week. We believe the children will now be better placed to start the new academic year than other schools in the area. The smaller number of pupils in each class means the school can ensure adherence to safety measures toprotect children and staff and offer a full timetable to all year groups from September. The Governing Body believes it has set out a viable financial plan for the school which will ensure the future of the school and most importantly the provision of good education and the welfare of every child.