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Minister announces decision on increased capacity at St Francis' Primary School

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, has approved a development proposal to increase capacity at St Francis' Primary School, Aghaderg.
Friday, 25 October 2013

Commenting on the decision, Mr O’Dowd said: “Figures demonstrate that there is a consistent and increasing demand for maintained primary school places in this locality.  A  long-term increase in the approved enrolment at St Francis’ to a maximum of 175 pupils, including an increase in the approved admissions number from 21 to 25 pupils,  would clearly help cater for this demand.

“The Council for Catholic Maintained schools will be responsible for ensuring that any expansion at St Francis’ will not have a detrimental impact on admissions to existing maintained primary schools in the wider area.

“The proposal is also consistent with the area planning proposals contained in the Southern Education and Library Board area plan.  Taking all of the relevant information into account, I am therefore content to approve this development proposal.”

Notes to editors:

  1. On 16 May 2013, the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) published Development Proposal No. 289 which proposed to increase the capacity at St Francis’ Primary School from 145-175 pupils, with effect from 1 September 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter.   
  2. St Francis’ Primary School is a co-educational maintained primary school located in the village of Loughbrickland. The school currently has 153 pupils enrolled in P1 to P7.  
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