O’Dowd approves increased enrolment at Cliftonville Integrated Primary School

Date published: 12 February 2016

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, has approved a development proposal to increase capacity at Cliftonville Integrated Primary School, Belfast.

Commenting on the decision, Minister O’Dowd said:

“The evidence indicates a demand for primary one places in integrated schools across this area, including at Cliftonville Integrated Primary School.

“I have therefore approved this increase in enrolment which is in line with my Department’s statutory duty to encourage and facilitate the development of integrated education. I wish the school continued success for the future.”

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

Notes to editors: 

1. On 19 November 2015, the Education Authority published Development Proposal (DP) No 431 to increase the admission and enrolment number at Cliftonville Integrated Primary School (IPS). The two month statutory objection period for the proposal ended on 19 January 2016.

2. Cliftonville IPS is a Controlled co-educational primary school located in the north Belfast area. In 2014/15, the primary school had around 280 pupils enrolled. It also has a 26 place nursery unit.

3. The Minister has approved the proposal and the Department will work closely with the EA and the school to implement the arrangements. Therefore, from 1 September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter, the admission and enrolment numbers at Cliftonville IPS’s will increase from 48 and 338 to 58 and 406 respectively.

4. Media queries, contact the Department of Education Press Office on 028 9127 9701.

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