A ROMAN CATHOLIC primary school in Blackburn is set to become a
Church of England academy later this year. The RC diocese of
Salford wants to hand over responsibility for Sacred Heart Primary
School, which has 200 pupils, because there are too few Roman
Catholic pupils to fulfil its trust deed.
The diocese of Blackburn has agreed to take Sacred Heart school,
where pupils are mainly of Asian heritage, into its recently formed
academy trust Cidari Education Ltd. Blackburn has agreed to rent
the school site from the RC diocese on a 125-year supplemental
The move is currently being considered by the Department for
Education and the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove.
If the plan goes ahead, it will be the first ever complete change
of denominational designation, although in rare cases joint C of E
and RC schools have become wholly Anglican.
The deputy director of education for Blackburn diocese, Fred
Kershaw, said that, when it became Anglican, Sacred Heart would be
renamed. So far, Cidari Education includes only one school,
although three more C of E schools are expected to join by
The trust deeds of Roman Catholic schools usually specify that
they are primarily for the education of RC children. C of E trust
deeds relate to the religious nature ofthe school rather than the
denominational allegiance of pupils.