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O’Dowd approves increased capacity at Fair Hill Primary School, County Down

Education Minister, John ODowd, has approved a development proposal to increase capacity at Fair Hill Primary School in Dromore, County Down.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Commenting on the decision, Mr O’Dowd said: “Fair Hill Primary School is a popular school and enrolment has grown steadily since it was formed in 1997, through the amalgamation of Carnew, Gransha and Kinallen Primary Schools. The proposal is for an increase from ten to eleven classes to meet the immediate need for places and to help cater for the projected future demand.

“The proposal also 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, and given that Fair Hill is forecast to exceed its capacity from September 2013, I am content to approve this development proposal.”

Notes to editors:

  1. On 14 September 2012, the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) published Development Proposal No. 277, which proposed to increase the capacity at Fair Hill Primary School, from 10 class base (261-290 pupils) to 11 class base (291-320 pupils), with effect from 1 September 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter.
  2. Fair Hill is a co-educational primary school situated in Kinallen. The school was formed in 1997 following the amalgamation of Carnew, Gransha and Kinallen Primary Schools. The school currently has 280 pupils enrolled in P1 to P7 and a further 26 children in its nursery unit.
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