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CCMS say closure of Anamar PS is based on sustainability issues

The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS), the statutory planning authority for the catholic maintained sector, has confirmed that its recommendation to close a Crossmaglen primary school has been informed by the school’s long-standing issues with sustainability.

Responding to The Examiner’s queries on the proposed closure of Anamar Primary School, a CCMS spokesperson outlined that the rural school has had an enrolment of around 40 pupils for the last decade and that the suggested threshold for a sustainable, rural primary school is 105 pupils.

Adding that the CCMS recommendation for closure is consistent with the Department of Education’s Sustainable School Policy and Entitlement Framework – which seeks to promote the best educational opportunities for children – the representative said the proposal would “reduce the number of unfilled places in the area and facilitate expansion of neighbouring schools.”

“CCMS has therefore submitted, at the same time, a proposal to the Minister of Education to expand provision at both St Patrick’s PS and Clonalig PS.

“Once a decision has been made by the Minister in regard to all 3 proposals the Principal of Anamar PS will assist parents in making applications to the school of their choice.  In the event of a closure of Anamar PS CCMS will also seek to deploy teaching staff according to the requirements in other schools.”