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O’Dowd approves proposal to increase capacity at St Patrick’s Primary School, Mayobridge

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Education

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

Commenting on the decision, Mr O’Dowd said: “St Patrick’s Primary School is a popular school and enrolment has grown steadily in recent years. In approving this proposal St Patrick’s will have the opportunity to grow gradually to a maximum enrolment of 342 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 Patrick’s Primary School, Mayobridge, from 284-350 pupils, with effect from 1 September 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter.

2. St Patrick’s Primary School is a maintained, co-educational primary school located in the village of Mayobridge. The school currently has a P1 admission number of 41 pupils and an approved enrolment number (capacity) of 284 pupils.

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