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Minister annoucnes decision on Clogher Valley integrated primary school

19 March, 2009 - by Caitríona Ruane

Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has turned down a proposal to grant-aid Clogher Valley Integrated School.

Clogher Valley Integrated Primary School is an independent integrated school currently situated in Fivemiletown.

Commenting on the decision, Ms Ruane said: “Each development proposal for a new school is considered carefully, based on all the information available. This includes evidence that any new school will be viable in the longer term and also its potential impact upon existing provision. Declining enrolments and surplus capacity in existing schools in the Clogher Valley areas have led to concerns about the sustainability of another school. It is of particular concern in this context that the school has not, to date, been able to achieve the minimum intakes required. The indications from the information available are that it would not be able to do so in September 2009 which raises a question on ability to demonstrate long-term viability.

“I have a duty to encourage and facilitate integrated education and have regularly done so. I understand that this news will be disappointing for the school, its pupils and parents who support integrated education. In reaching this decision I must consider the prospects for sustainability and the educational interests of all the children concerned.”

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