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Grove Primary School to close

A north Belfast primary school is set to close due to falling numbers, it can be revealed.

According to one parent a meeting was held last week when the Belfast Education and Library Board (BELB) told them that Grove Primary School would be closing.

Numbers at the school have been falling for a number of years and it is believed that the school is no longer sustainable. However parents are unhappy at the move and are determined to try to keep the school open. One concerned parent said: “We had heard rumours that it was going to close so a meeting was arranged with the BELB. After we pressed them they eventually told us that the school would be closing at the end of June.

“We are very unhappy about this and this will be a lot of upheaval for our children.”

The parents have started up a petition and also a Facebook site to try to keep the school open. They are also considering legal action.

No one from Grove Primary School was available for comment.

A spokesman for the Education Board said: “For some time the BELB, in conjunction with the Boards of Governors of Grove and Seaview Primary Schools, has been looking at the future of education provision in the area. The Boards of Governors of both schools along with BELB officers met with parents on Wednesday 19 May to fully update them on developments.”

Belfast Telegraph