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Dromore Central Primary presents petition to Stormont

By Rebecca Black

A Co Down primary school has handed over a petition to Stormont, pleading for a new building that will be fit for purpose.

Dromore Central Primary School has claimed that a new building promised by the Department of Education will restrict their admissions and enrolment for next year.

The school has 700 pupils and currently has 28 classrooms, supplemented by 14 mobile classrooms.

However, the new build is planned to consist of just 25 classrooms.

The Department of Education last month moved to cut admissions, telling the school it can only accept 104 children next September. The school is currently appealing this.

They were supported by DUP MLA Brenda Hale who presented the petition to Assembly Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin yesterday morning.

She said demand at the school has increased dramatically with several new housing developments in the area.

"Questions must be asked of the decision-making capabilities of the Education Board when it comes to making sound economic and financial assessments in relation to projected growth and creating capacity to meet that growth," she said.

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