Minister approves decrease in enrolment number at Cambridge House Grammar School, Ballymena

Date published: 21 October 2015

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved a development proposal to decrease the total enrolment at Cambridge House Grammar School, Ballymena.

The former North Eastern Education and Library Board published a development proposal to reduce the number of places available at sixth form at the school whilst keeping the admission number unchanged.

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved a development proposal to decrease the total enrolment at Cambridge House Grammar School, Ballymena.

The former North Eastern Education and Library Board published a development proposal to reduce the number of places available at sixth form at the school whilst keeping the admission number unchanged.

Commenting on his decision, Mr O’Dowd said:

“The area planning process helps to ensure that we have the right number of schools, of the right size in the right places.

I will also be asking the Education Authority to address sixth form provision at all schools in the area and bring forward solutions that will ensure sustainable sixth form provision across all schools in the Ballymena area.”

 

Notes to editors: 

1. Cambridge House Grammar School is a selective, controlled grammar school located in Ballymena and catering for pupils in Years 8-14. Its 2014/15 enrolment totalled 923 pupils (715 in Years 8-12 and 208 in sixth form).

2. On 5 March 2015 the former North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) published Development Proposal (DP) 303 proposing to decrease the enrolment of Cambridge House Grammar School from 1,030 to 900 with effect from 1 September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

3. The proposal detailed no change in the school admissions number, with any decrease in enrolments effectively meaning a reduction of the number of available sixth form places from 330 to 200.

4. The Education and Library Boards were replaced by the Education Authority on 1 April 2015.

5. Media enquiries to the Department of Education’s Communications Team on Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.

 

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