Outside court

The British Humanist Association and one of its local members, Jeremy Rodell who leads the Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign, initiated court action to try to prevent the new schools from opening next September. The BHA promotes a secular form of humanism and campaigns for a completely secular state and an end to schools with a religious character, as it believes they are unnecessary, discriminatory and divisive. They claimed that the Richmond Council’s decision to approve the proposals from the Diocese of Westminster was unlawful.

The first Open Day about St Richard Reynolds Catholic College was held in the main hall at the RACC, Clifden Road. Two sessions had been planned, one about the primary school followed by one about the secondary school. Two extra sessions had to be run to accommodate over 1,000 people who attended the event. Parents, children and local residents were told about plans for the school and what it might be like for the first intake of children next September. The presentations were led by chairman, Andrew Cole, with contributions from Paul Barber and Josephine Lewis, the Director and Deputy Director of Education at The Diocese of Westminster. Parents and children also heard from Bishop Alan Hopes of Westminster and Bishop Paul Hendricks of Southwark. Emeritus Bishop Howard Tripp of Southwark and Mike Cullinane of the Southwark Education Commission were also in attendance joining local clergy and the head teachers of our six Catholic primary schools in Richmond Borough.

clarewebberMrs Clare Webber has been appointed as Head teacher at St James's Catholic Primary School. Mrs Webber has been Acting Headteacher since following the departure Veronica Heffernan in July 2012. Chairman of the governing body, Gary Sloan, said: "The Governing Body has completed an extensive and rigorous search and selection process and, last night, unanimously agreed to appoint Mrs Webber.


Mrs Webber, along with the Senior Management Team that she has put in place, has already made a significant, positive impact this term. She comes equipped with a wealth of teaching and leading experience, as well as drive, energy and ambition to continue to take St James’s forward."