Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Redburn Primary to close

The South Eastern Education and Library Board is planning to shut down Redburn Primary School in Holywood at the end of the academic year.



Holywood MLA Gordon Dunne, said: “The recommendation which is subject to two months consultation, is that the school should close at the end of this school academic year.

“Having been a governor of this school for many years, I share the great disappointment and sadness at today’s news.

“It is regrettable that what appears to be a quick decision, to effectively amalgamate with Holywood Primary School rather than provide the necessary funding for the new Amalgamated Primary School and the other two new schools for Priory College and Holywood Nursery and proposed in the existing Development Plan.

“This proposal is effectively amalgamation on the cheap without funding.”

Councillor Peter Weir said it was a sad day for both the school, and for the town as a whole.

“Many young people have benefitted down the years from an excellent education, but the low levels of enrolment make it very difficult for the school to be sustained in the long run.

“However, this proposal should not act in isolation, but should be part of a wider package of capital school build in Holywood.”

“The long standing proposals involving amalgamations of Redburn and Holywood Primaries, and new build for both Priory College and Holywood Nursery.

“To simply close Redburn Primary is at best putting the cart before the horse, and at worst an attempt to further postpone the much needed capital build scheme in Holywood.

“The Department has prevaricated for too long. It is time they put their money where their mouth is, and announce the implementation of the wider scheme.

“For too long school children in Holywood have had to put up with out of date school facilities. We cannot accept second class status any longer.”Redburn Primary to close THE South Eastern Education and Library Board is planning to shut down Redburn Primary School in Holywood at the end of the academic year.

Holywood MLA Gordon Dunne, said: “The recommendation which is subject to two months consultation, is that the school should close at the end of this school academic year.

“Having been a governor of this school for many years, I share the great disappointment and sadness at today’s news.

“It is regrettable that what appears to be a quick decision, to effectively amalgamate with Holywood Primary School rather than provide the necessary funding for the new Amalgamated Primary School and the other two new schools for Priory College and Holywood Nursery and proposed in the existing Development Plan.

“This proposal is effectively amalgamation on the cheap without funding.”

Councillor Peter Weir said it was a sad day for both the school, and for the town as a whole.

“Many young people have benefitted down the years from an excellent education, but the low levels of enrolment make it very difficult for the school to be sustained in the long run.

“However, this proposal should not act in isolation, but should be part of a wider package of capital school build in Holywood.”

“The long standing proposals involving amalgamations of Redburn and Holywood Primaries, and new build for both Priory College and Holywood Nursery.

“To simply close Redburn Primary is at best putting the cart before the horse, and at worst an attempt to further postpone the much needed capital build scheme in Holywood.

“The Department has prevaricated for too long. It is time they put their money where their mouth is, and announce the implementation of the wider scheme.

“For too long school children in Holywood have had to put up with out of date school facilities. We cannot accept second class status any longer.”

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