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Malvern Primary School is saved but warned to curb budget

By Rebecca Black

Published 02/06/2015

Education Minister John O’Dowd
Education Minister John O’Dowd

A small state primary school on the lower Shankill Road will remain open, it has been announced.

Malvern Primary School had been recommended for closure by the former Belfast Education and Library Board (BELB) in January. This followed a tight vote of just five votes to four in favour.

A strong campaign was mounted by supporters of the school. More than 2,500 people signed a petition to keep it open and a march to the former BELB headquarters was staged.

There are around 100 children currently enrolled there and a further 13 have registered for September.

Education Minister John O'Dowd announced that he plans to keep the primary school open, but warned it must bring its budget deficit down.

He said: "If the deficit is not reduced to 5% from the 2016/17 financial year then another development proposal will have to be brought forward seeking the closure of the school."

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