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Increased enrolment ruling welcomed at St Brigid’s PS  

Education Minister John O’Dowd’s approval of a development proposal to increase enrolment at St Brigid’s Primary School in Glassdrummond, has been warmly welcomed by the school Principal, Mary Keating.

Mrs Keating says the school community is delighted at the news, which will allow St. Brigid’s to accommodate 198 pupils from September next year.

St Brigid`s Primary School was previously extended in 1989 to accommodate 140 pupils as a result of the amalgamation with Ballynaclosha Primary School.

Currently enrolment is 183 and the Principal and the Board of Governors have worked tirelessly for the last number of years to accommodate the large number of children in the Glassdrummond area wishing to attend the school.

The increase in the enrolment number will now allow more parents in the area to obtain a place for their children in their local school, Mrs Keating said.

Extending appreciation to those behind the successful proposal, she added: “I would like to thank our local trustee, Fr. Mc Keever for his support with this application and the Board of Governors of St Brigid`s, especially the Chair, Mrs Angela Mc Keever.  I would also like to thank Sr. Anne, CCMS support officer, for her hard work with the Development Proposal at the initial stage, Malachy Crudden, Senior Education Advisor, our local councillors and politicians. I also want to record my thanks to the excellent team in St Brigid`s Primary School who supported the development proposal while continuing to deliver an outstanding standard of education.”

Minister O’Dowd said the move will provide the school with one classroom for each year group which the sustainable school’s policy recognises as the optimum size for a primary school.