Final Roll Call For Two Primary Schools

Two Co Antrim primary schools are to close because of falling rolls.

The Sinn Fein Education Minister, John O'Dowd, has approved a proposal to close Lourdes Primary School, Whitehead: "I have agreed to the closure [because of] a decline in enrolments in recent years [that] has given rise to concern."

He said only 20 children were on the register for 2010/11.

"The Department of Education's budget can no longer manage to maintain unsustainable schools.

"Each school managing authority will have to closely examine schools for which they are responsible to ensure they are sustainable into the future.

"There are other alternative primary schools which have sufficient capacity to offer places to these pupils and I am confident that all those involved, including parents and school staff, will ensure a smooth transition for the children," he said, noting, "I would like to pay tribute to all those connected with Lourdes Primary School, who over many years, have shown their commitment and dedication to the school and its pupils."

Meanwhile, Braid Primary School has also seen a steady decline in its enrolments over a period of several years and is also to be closed down.

The Minister revealed the news and also said all those connected with Braid Primary School "have shown their commitment and dedication to the school and its pupils".


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