Helen Bates, Assistant Director of the Schools’ Service for the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia, explains:
“The Diocese is asking as many people as possible to write to Peterborough City Council to show their support for the proposed new school. A detailed proposal has been submitted and there now follows a consultation period when anyone can write to the City Council about the proposal. Even if you have shown your support before for this proposal, we would urge you to do so again directly to Peterborough City Council by December 19.”
Expressions of support can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Schools Admissions Team, People & Communities, Peterborough City Council, Sand Martin House, Bittern Way, Fletton Quays, Peterborough, PE2 8TY. Correspondence should be marked “Response to Proposed New Catholic Primary School”.
In the recent consultation by the Diocese, 82% of respondents (941 people) said that they ‘strongly agreed’ with the proposal to establish the Catholic school, compared to just 8.4% (96 people) who said that they ‘strongly disagreed’ with the proposal.
Out of those responding, 27.4% identified themselves as a parent or guardian, 48% came from the wider Peterborough Community, and 9.6% came from the Hampton community itself.
In addition to the 1,146 responses received, a petition in favour of opening a new Catholic primary school in Hampton East was signed by 321 respondents.