Decision on increased capacity at Orchard County Primary School
Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has turned down a development proposal to increase capacity at Orchard County Primary School.
~ Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Commenting on the decision, Mr O’Dowd said: “My Department faces significant financial pressures particularly on its front-line schools’ budget. It is therefore important that we maximise the impact of available resources and avoid unnecessary overprovision or duplication.
“Although enrolment numbers have grown steadily at Orchard County Primary School in recent years, the school has yet to fill to capacity and there are also a significant number of surplus places at other controlled primary schools in the area. I am of the opinion, therefore, that there are sufficient places to meet the demand from parents in the locality at this time. On that basis I can not endorse this proposal.”
Notes to editors:
- On 14 September 2012, the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) published Development Proposal No. 276, which proposed to increase the capacity at Orchard County Primary School, from five class base (116-145 pupils) to 6 class base (146-175 pupils), with effect from 1 September 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter.
- Orchard County is a co-educational controlled primary school located on the Blackisland Road, Portadown. The school currently has 139 pupils enrolled in P1 to P7 and a further 26 children in its nursery unit.
- The school has an approved enrolment number (capacity) of 145 pupils and P1 admission number of 21 pupils.
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