Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved four Development Proposals relating to primary schools in the Lisburn area.
From 1 September 2016, the admission number for Ballymacash Primary School will increase from 54 to 58, and its total enrolment from 350 to 406 pupils. The admission number at Harmony Hill Primary School will increase from 84 to 87 and its total enrolment will increase from 588 to 609 pupils from the same date.
Also from 1 September 2016, the admission number for Largymore Primary School will decrease from 33 to 28, and its total enrolment from 232 to 196 pupils; and Lisburn Central Primary School’s admission number will also decrease from 36 to 29 and its total enrolment will decrease from 254 to 203 pupils.
Commenting on the changes, the Minister said:
“The area planning process helps to ensure that we have the right number of schools, of the right size, in the right places.
“These proposals, which aim to establish a network of controlled schools in Lisburn that are operating with 7, 14 or 21 class bases, make sense educationally and are in the best interests of pupils in the area. It is clear from the evidence that the demand exists to accommodate the expansion of Ballymacash Primary School and Harmony Hill Primary School at this time.
“I wish everyone connected with these schools the very best as they begin to implement these changes.”
Notes to editors:
- The Education Authority published Development Proposals No 405, 406,408 and 409 on 13 November 2015. Development Proposal 405 proposes that the admission and approved enrolment numbers of Ballymacash PS should increase from 54 to 58 and its enrolment number should increase to 406 from 1 September 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter.
- Development Proposal 406 proposes that the admission number of Harmony Hill PS should increase from 84 to 87 and its enrolment number should increase to 609 on 1 September 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter.
- Development Proposal No 408 proposes that the admission number of Largymore PS should decrease from 33 to 28 and that its enrolment number should decrease to 196 on 1 September 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter.
- Development Proposal No 409 proposes that the enrolment number of Lisburn Central PS should decrease to 203 with an admission number of 29 on 1 September 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter.
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