Four local rural schools could close in Catholic education shake-up plans

Thursday, 25 January 2018

PLANS to close and merge four rural schools in the Strabane district have been submitted to the Education Authority (EA).

The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) is proposing, on behalf of the trustees of the Parishes of Dunamanagh and Leckpatrick, to bring together the schools to form a new co-educational primary school.

Altishane Primary School, Loughash Primary School, St Patrick's Primary School, Donemana and St Joseph's Primary School in Glenmornan will amalgamate to form a new 133 pupil Catholic primary school serving the North Tyrone area.

The development proposal - which was published in last week's paper - states that the new school will be "established with effect from September 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter".

The plans, if given the green light, will see the closure of all four current schools.

A Case for Change document prepared by the CCMS says the objective of the merger is to "improve the future educational provision" for children attending the four current schools.

(Read this week's paper for full story)


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