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Numbers to be cut at Northern Ireland grammar school

By Rebecca Black

Published 22/10/2015

Education Minister John O'Dowd
Education Minister John O'Dowd

An oversubscribed grammar school in Ballymena will see its numbers reduced next year.

Cambridge House Grammar School is a popular institution in the north Antrim town. In 2014 it had to turn away 56 applicants for the first form. For that academic year the school received 196 applications for 140 places.

But yesterday Education Minister John O'Dowd announced its total enrolment will be slashed from 1,030 to 900 next September.

The move is the final part of a post-primary education plan for controlled schools drawn up by the former North Eastern Education and Library Board, now part of the Education Authority.

In total four proposals were put to the minister by the board - to decrease enrolment at Cambridge House; to increase enrolment at Dunclug Academy; to close Ballee Community High School, and to increase enrolment at Ballymena Academy.

Mr O'Dowd said he planned to examine sixth form provision at all schools across Ballymena.

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