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Independent school to close down
La Sagesse Roman Catholic School
The decision was taken to close the school when the rent was trebled
An independent school in Newcastle, which recently celebrated its centenary year, has announced it is closing for good in August.

The board of governors at La Sagesse Roman Catholic School in Jesmond, said a rise in rent and falling pupil numbers has led to the decision.

The school currently has 200 pupils, 180 girls and 20 boys, while a total of 44 staff members are employed.

The school is working with parents to find alternative places.

Professor Kathleen McCourt, chair of governors, said: "It is with great sadness and regret that we have had to make the decision to close.

Rent trebled

"We acknowledge the closure will come as a huge shock to those involved with the school and our concern now is the wellbeing and support of pupils and staff through this difficult time.

"We took the decision to announce the closure early so that our staff have more time to seek alternative employment."

She said the school's founding order, "The Daughter's of Wisdom", had recently informed staff that the rent was to more than treble.

The school celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006.



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