Department for Education announcement spells bright future for Bishop Chadwick schools.

The rebuilding of two schools that are part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust will provide a huge boost to pupils, staff and communities in Hebburn and Sunderland, “building on a fantastic past towards an even brighter future”.

That was the message from two Trust headteachers, after their schools were given the go ahead to be rebuilt by the Department for Education.

St Aloysius Infants School, in Argyle Street, Hebburn and St Mary’s, in Meadowside, Sunderland, were both named as confirmed projects for the national School Rebuilding Programme.

Kathryn Fenwick, headteacher at St Aloysius Catholic Infant School, said she was “absolutely delighted” with the news her school is to be rebuilt.

I am hugely grateful for the wider support of our Trust to reach this outcome.” she added.

Martin Clephane, headteacher at St Mary’s, also said he was delighted that a new build for his school, which has grown in popularity throughout the city of Sunderland over the years, had been approved by the Department for Education.

He added the building which originally housed St Mary’s Primary school started life as a Methodist Theological institute and was bought by the Catholic Church in 1886.

It still stands in the town centre as a university nursery and still bears the name St Mary’s; a proud reminder of our roots in Sunderland.” he said.

Click here to read the full Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust press release.

Click here to read the Dicesan Department for Education’s announcement.