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O’Dowd turns down proposal to increase capacity at Roan St Patrick’s Primary School

Education Minister John O’Dowd has turned down a development proposal to increase capacity at Roan St Patrick’s Primary School.

Commenting on the decision, Mr O’Dowd said: “Roan St Patrick’s enrolment has grown steadily in recent years. However, there are other maintained primary schools in the area that have enrolment numbers below the Sustainable Schools Policy threshold and are under review.

“The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools is exploring local solutions for the schools. It would therefore be premature to agree to the expansion of Roan St Patrick’s until such time as there is greater clarity on the picture of the overall provision in the area.

“Enrolment trends at the schools in the local area indicate that there are sufficient places to meet the current demand. On that basis, I am unable to approve this proposal to expand Roan St Patrick’s at this time.”

Notes to editors:

1. On 18 February 2013, the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) published Development Proposal No. 282 which proposed to increase the capacity at Roan St Patrick’s Primary School from 83-140 pupils, with effect from 1 September 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter.

2. Roan St Patrick’s PS is a co-educational maintained primary school located in the village of Eglish approximately three miles from Dungannon. The school currently has 119 pupils enrolled in P1 to P7.

3. Roan St Patrick’s PS has a P1 admission number of 12 pupils and an approved enrolment number (capacity) of 83 pupils.

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Belfast Telegraph