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Castlewellan primary school set to close next year

Castlewellan Primary School is set to close (PA)
Castlewellan Primary School is set to close (PA)

A primary school in Co Down is set to close under plans from they Education Authority (EA).

Castlewellan Primary School will close in September 2020 if the proposal goes ahead, the BBC reports.

The EA has previously suggested merging the school with Annsborough Integrated Primary School due to a decreased number of pupils attending it.

A consultation on the plan which was carried out in May 2018 found that removing a controlled school from Castlewellan "would have a detrimental impact on the local Protestant community."

However, the EA said that after the merger proposal became public a number of parents of pupils attending Castlewellan Primary School decided to move their children to alternative primary providers in the area.

Castlewellan Primary's pupil numbers then fell from 44 in 2017/18 to 27 in 2018/19.

The school has capacity for 110 pupils but its enrolment has been well below that for a number of years.

The school has also seen a rising financial deficit.

The EA has now said that the only option is to close the school while Annsborough IPS will remain open.

The consultation on the plan to close Castlewellan Primary School is open until June 28. A final decision is expected early next year.


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