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Proposal to discontinue St Marys Catholic Primary School Pembroke Dock

At an extraordinary meeting of the governing body of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School on 19th June 2018, governors discussed a number of issues concerning the future of the school, notably those in relation to pupil numbers, leadership, curriculum delivery and standards, pupil behaviour and financial matters. 

Of greatest concern is the dramatic fall in pupil numbers, currently 36 full time equivalent pupils. Allied to this is a fall in practicing Catholic families whose children attend the school.  As a consequence of the fall in pupil numbers, we are unable to fund and recruit a Catholic headteacher.

Since September 2017, the school has benefitted from significant collaboration with St Francis Catholic School in Milford Haven. The school has also received considerable support from the County Council, both in terms of Challenge Advisor and financial support. 

Following a full and frank consideration of the above issues at the above meeting, the governing body resolved to consult with the Trustees of the Diocese of Menevia on the closure of the school.  The Trustees have subsequently considered the governing body’s concerns and have, with the deepest regret, agreed to the request. 

In accordance with the relevant regulations, the governing body is required to consult widely on the proposal to close the school and this Consultation Document represents that requirement. 

The governing body is appreciative of the support provided by both the governing body of St Francis Catholic School and Pembrokeshire County Council.

We look forward to receiving your views on this proposal.

Barbara Thomas

Chair of Governors


David Burgoyne

Vice Chair of Governors



You can give your views by completing the online response form Online Response Form

Alternatively please print out Response Form and scan completed form. Email to surveys@pembrokeshire.gov.uk 

You can also post to: Director for Children & Schools, Pembrokeshire County Council, County Hall, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP

Please return your form by Friday 30th November 2018



ID: 4216, revised 15/10/2018