Decision to close St Teresas school set to be confirmed next week

19th May 2022

The closure of St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School is set to be confirmed at a Council Cabinet meeting next week.

In October, the council detailed that the primary school retained just 15 pupils, with 5 nursery pupils and was facing a £103,000 budget deficit.

The school has faced significant difficulties since receiving a poor Ofsted report in 2016, despite since being rated “good”. The closure will take place in August, if confirmed.

Pupils displaced by the closure will transfer automatically to Our Lady of Lourdes.

The council estimates is will cost £190,000 to close the school.

The future of the building, which is the responsibility of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, has not been confirmed.

A report published by the council in March said: “The Governing Body came forward in October 2021 and having exhausted all options to address the pupil numbers and financial situation requested that the Council considered beginning formal consultation to close St Teresa’s Catholic Infant School. This was approved by Cabinet on 4th November 2021 and stage one of the consultation process took place from 22nd November until 17th December 2021.

“Pupil numbers have been falling for several years at St Teresa’s and this trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. The school had 83.3% surplus places in October 2021.