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Minister announces decision on increased capacity at Fivemiletown Primary School

Education Minister, John ODowd, has approved a development proposal to increase capacity at Fivemiletown Primary School up to a maximum of 205 pupils.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Commenting on the decision, Mr O’Dowd said: “Fivemiletown Primary School is a popular school and reached its current enrolment capacity in September 2012.

“In approving this proposal Fivemiletown Primary School will have the opportunity to grow gradually to a seven class base school and provide one teacher per year group, enhancing what is already high quality provision.

“The proposal forms part of the Southern Education and Library Board’s long-term plans for provision in the area and is consistent with the area planning work currently being undertaken. In this context I am content to approve this development proposal.”

Notes to editors:

  1. On 22 January 2013, the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) published Development Proposal No. 280, which proposed to increase the capacity at Fivemiletown Primary School, from a six class base (146-175 pupils) to a seven class base (176-205 pupils), with effect from 1 September 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter.
  2. Fivemiletown Primary School is a co-educational controlled primary school situated on the Ballagh Road at the edge of Fivemiletown. The school currently has 191 pupils enrolled in P1 to P7.
  3. The school has an approved enrolment number (capacity) of 180 pupils and P1 admission number of 26 pupils. This proposal will support a phased increase in the approved enrolment number up to a maximum of 205.
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