Education Minister approves closure of Evish Primary School, Strabane

Date published: 20 January 2016

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, has approved a development proposal to close Evish Primary School in Strabane.

The Minister said:

“Evish Primary School has provided an excellent education to children from the local community. However over the years the school has suffered from declining enrolments and financial difficulties.

“Having considered all the relevant information, I have decided to approve the proposal to close Evish Primary School, with effect from 31 August 2016. Other local alternative provision will ensure that the children have the opportunity to mix with a wider range of peers and will enhance their learning experience.”

The Minister also paid tribute to everyone connected with Evish Primary School who, over the years, have shown their commitment and dedication to the school and its pupils.

Notes to editors: 

1. On 1 October 2015, the Education Authority (EA), at the request of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS), published Development Proposal No. 424, proposing that Evish Primary School would close from 31 August 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter. The two-month objection period ended on 1 December 2015.

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