O'Dowd approves increase to enrolment at Portadown Integrated Primary School

Date published: 04 December 2015

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, has approved a Development Proposal (with modification) to increase the admissions and enrolment numbers at Portadown Integrated Primary School.

From September 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter, the admission number at Portadown Integrated Primary School will increase to 58. The school’s approved enrolment will increase on a phased basis towards a maximum of 406.

Commenting on the decision, the Minister said:

“The evidence shows that there is a consistent and increasing demand for integrated places in the area. An increase in the approved enrolment at Portadown Integrated Primary School will help cater for this demand.

“The proposal is also consistent with the area planning proposals contained in the Primary Area Plan and in line with my statutory duty with regards integrated education. Taking all of the relevant information into account, I am content to approve this modified development proposal.”

Notes to editors: 

1. Portadown Integrated Primary School is a grant maintained integrated primary school located in Portadown. Its 2014/15 enrolment totalled 235 pupils for Years 1 to 7.

2. On 23 April 2015 the former Southern Education and Library Board published Development Proposal (DP) 324 proposing to increase the enrolment of Portadown Integrated Primary School from 203 to 320 with effect from 1 September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

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