Tyrone Catholic school's plans to expand turned down
A Catholic primary school has been refused permission to expand.
Roan St Patrick's Primary School in Eglish, Co Tyrone, had applied to increase its enrolment, however this was turned down due to perceived lack of demand.
Education Minister John O'Dowd said other maintained primary schools in the area have a high level of unfilled places. The Southern Education and Library Board, on behalf of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools, published a proposal to increase the enrolment at Roan St Patrick's PS from 83 to 126 pupils.
Yesterday Mr O'Dowd announced that he had turned down the request. "It is clear from the evidence that schools in the local area have sufficient places to meet the current demand for maintained primary provision," he said.
"Increasing the enrolment at Roan St Patrick's PS could have a detrimental impact on other nearby schools.
"Taking all of the evidence into account, and in the absence of a strategic area solution to address the issues at the other schools, I am unable to approve the proposal."