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Minister announces decision on increased capacity at Donacloney Primary School

Education Minister, John ODowd, has turned down a development proposal to increase capacity at Donacloney 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, and it is therefore important that we maximise the impact of available resources.

"Enrolment trends at the schools in the local area indicate that there are sufficient places to meet the current demand so to allow Donacloney Primary School to increase beyond its current approved enrolment number has the potential to impact adversely on other schools in the area.”

Notes to editors:

  1. On 15 October 2012, the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) published Development Proposal No. 279 which proposed to increase the capacity at Donacloney Primary School, from 8 class base (206-230 pupils) to 9 class base (231-260 pupils), with effect from 1 September 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter.
  2. Donacloney Primary School is a co-educational controlled primary school situated in the heart of the village of Donacloney. The school was opened in 1979 and currently has 224 pupils enrolled in P1 to P7 and a further 26 children in its nursery unit.
  3. Donacloney Primary School has a P1 admission number of 30 pupils and an approved enrolment number (capacity) of 232 pupils.
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