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Plans to merge seven special schools across Belfast

The plan would see the creation of three new super schools

The Education Authority is to hold a consultation into closing and merging seven special schools in Belfast

The BBC have reported that the plan would see the seven schools merged into three 'super schools'.

It is understood that the plans would see the new schools open in September 2020.

The plans would see the Fleming Fulton school and Glenveagh Special School merge with a new school to be built in north Belfast on an unconfirmed site.

The new school would cater for the 300 pupils currently attending the two schools.

Harberton school and Oakwood school, would also merge with Oakwood moving to the current Harberton site in south Belfast.

Park, Mitchell House and Greenwood schools would also close and move to a new school site in east Belfast.

St Gerard's school, in west Belfast, may cater for a wider range of pupils under the plans.

Clarawood and Cedar Lodge schools are expected to be unaffected by the planned changes.

All of the new schools would admit pupils from ages 3-19 with a range of disabilities and pupils would attend the school closest to them.

A formal consultation is expected to be held later this year.


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