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O’Dowd approves enrolment decrease at Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Education

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved a development proposal to decrease enrolments at Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School, Belfast.

Commenting on the decision, the Minister said: “Approved admissions and enrolment numbers at a school must be managed carefully and any permanent changes must align with the principles of my Department’s area planning process.

“In this case, I agree that this proposal is a practical and reasonable one. I am content to approve it, conditional on a phased decrease in the approved enrolment to 420 pupils in order to facilitate a number of large year groups currently progressing through the school. The approved admissions number of 60 will be effective from September 2014.”

Notes to editors:

1. Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School (PS) is a maintained school situated in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast. In 2012/13 the school has a total of 416 pupils.

2. The Belfast Education and Library Board (BELB) published Development Proposal No 219 on 13 June 2013, which proposes to decrease the approved admissions and enrolment numbers at Holy Cross Boys’ PS to 60 and 420 respectively with effect from September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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