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Dunmurry High School is set to close its doors

By Lindsay Fergus

Dunmurry High School is to shut its doors this summer.

Education Minister John O’Dowd has approved a development proposal to close the south Belfast school.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed last October that Dunmurry High was one of several schools that had been earmarked for closure by the South Eastern Education and Library Board.

At the start of the academic year, according to the Department of Education, 175 pupils — well below the target of 500 — were enrolled in the school, but that figure has since dropped to 110.

Many parents moved their children after it came to light that the school had been placed in formal intervention — a school improvement programme — in March 2011 and that plans were afoot to close Dunmurry High.

Lagan Valley MLA Jonathan Craig, said: “I am disappointed for the community in Dunmurry.” But he called for the site to be put to good use as a special education needs school or for social housing.

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