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Plan to close Northern Ireland High School campus to go ahead despite objections

Craigavon Senior High School
Craigavon Senior High School

The Education Authority is seeking to close the Lurgan campus of Craigavon Senior High School (CSHS) next year, despite objections from parents.

Some 1,150 of the 1,330 respondents to a consultation objected to the plan, the BBC reports.

The school has two campuses, one in Lurgan and one in Portadown.

The EA's plan would mean all of the school's 620 pupils would attend the Portadown Campus alone from September 2020.

The authority is planning to seek funding for a new CSHS building on a single site over the next five to ten years- but this would depend on approval and funding from the Department of Education.

The EA has previously warned there are security and health and safety issues for pupils and staff at the Lurgan campus.

It also said the split site was making the school go over budget by around £500,000 a year and that a single site would give pupils better educational and extra-curricular opportunities.

However, the Education Equality for Lurgan group, which represents parents of pupils, has put forward an alternative plan for Lurgan Junior High School to change from a school for 11 to 14-year-olds to one for 11 to 16-year-olds.

A statement from the group backing a "Lurgan school for Lurgan children" was signed by 807 people.

Some 252 of 327 parents of pupils also objected to the EA's plan for the school to be on a single site.

However, 50 of 64 teachers at the school supported the EA's proposals.

The final decision, which is expected by October 2019, will be made by the permanent secretary at the Department of Education.

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