Opposition to the closure of rural schools in the Clogher Valley area
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This petition is in opposition of the 'St Brigid’s PS, Augher – Case for Change (December 2016)' Proposal to cease provision at the school on 31st August 2017.
The document states;
'Initially in phase 1, CCMS will seek a public consultation by the Education Authority on a development proposal to close St Brigid’s Primary School, Augher, by 31st August 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. In phase 2 of the project, CCMS will seek an amalgamation of St Macartan’s Primary School and St Patrick’s Primary School.
The three Catholic maintained primary schools in the Augher/Clogher area have a total capacity for 295 pupils. At the school census date in October 2016 St Brigid’s, St Macartan’s and St Patrick’s Primary Schools had a total enrolment of 156 pupils, leaving spare capacity for 139 pupils. The closure of St Brigid’s Primary School would remove 80 primary school places. The children who would otherwise attend St Brigid’s Primary School could be accommodated within the other two Catholic maintained primary schools in the area.' (Page 5)
Appendix 4 of this document states;
'The DE would require the amalgamation to have been approved in advance of a bid being made for
If CCMS seeks a DP for an amalgamation, an amalgamation could only be achieved by September 2018 at the earliest. This would require 2 steps:
i. that the St Brigid’s site remain open 2017-18 and
ii. that the preparation work for the amalgamation commence by September 2017.' (Page 29)
A 3 school amalgamation would be achieved in a quicker time frame than a 2 school amalgamation.
Furture Clogher Valley children's education is being jeopardised by this proposal.
The Clogher Valley community must oppose this proposal and come together to campaign for a 3 school amalgamation which would bring a new build school, along with sufficient resources and classroom accommodation needed to ensure the future Clogher Valley children's education needs are met.
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