Stoodley Knowle girls school announces closure

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Stoodley knowle school for girls in Torquay is set to close.

The announcement came today on the schools website:

“The Congregation of Les Filles de la Croix was founded by Madame de Villeneuve in 1641, for the education of girls. Stoodley Knowle was purchased by the Sisters in 1924 and since then they have dedicated themselves to the mission of providing girls with the same educational opportunities as boys. Over the years the school, led by the Sisters, pursued excellence in all aspects of education to help each girl develop her gifts and talents to the full, striving to nurture a whole, happy, confident young person imbued with Christian ideals.

“Today that mission has been fulfilled, the original need no longer exists, and the current pupil roll reflects this reality. The Trustees, therefore, are proposing closure at the end of the current academic year. The decision has been made with a heavy heart, much prayer and considerable discernment. A number of alternatives to closure have been investigated but, none of these options has provided us with a way to remain faithful to the vision of our Foundress.

“Staff, parents and pupils have been informed of the Sisters’ intentions. Acting Headteacher, Fiona Hutchings, is meeting with all concerned to discuss their options for the future. The school’s excellent academic and pastoral provision will continue until the end of the academic year,”

The school on Ansteys Cove Road, is set within 65 acres. It is not yet known what will happen to the site.

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