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O’Dowd approves proposal to increase capacity at St Mary’s Primary School, Mullaghbawn

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Education

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved a development proposal to increase capacity at St Mary’s Primary School, Mullaghbawn.

Commenting on the decision, Mr O’Dowd said: “St Mary’s Primary School, Mullaghbawn, is a popular school and has grown significantly in recent years. In approving this proposal St Mary’s will be permitted to increase their Primary One admissions from 30 pupils to 45. This will allow the total enrolment to grow gradually to a maximum enrolment of 315 pupils.

“The proposal forms part of the Southern Education and Library Board’s long-term plans for provision in the area and is consistent with the area planning work currently being undertaken. In this context I am content to approve this development proposal.” 

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 St Mary’s PS, Mullaghbawn, from 230-315 pupils with effect from 1 September 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

2. St Mary’s Primary School, Mullaghbawn, is a co-educational maintained primary school situated in the heart of the village of Mullaghbawn. The school was formed through the amalgamation of Aughanduff PS, Carricknagavna PS, Meighfoner Boys PS, Meighfoner Girls PS and Silverbridge PS. 

3. St Mary’s currently has 296 pupils enrolled in P1 to P7 and a further 26 children in its nursery unit. St Mary’s PS has a P1 admission number of 30 pupils and an approved enrolment number (capacity) of 230 pupils.

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