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Secondary Education (Belfast)

Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been allocated to (a) the maintained and (b) the controlled sectors of secondary education in the Belfast education and library board area in the past five years.

Recurrent payments by the Belfast education and library board on maintained secondary schools and controlled secondary schools, excluding grammar schools, in each of the last five years were as follows:

YearMaintained Secondary Schools £ millionControlled Secondary Schools £ million

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils attend each of the Belfast maintained secondary schools; and what is the maximum capacity of each school.

The information requested is as follows:

SchoolEnrolment at 30 September 1981Approximate Capacity (see notes below)
Christian Brothers' Glen Road758700
Christian Brothers' Gort Na Mona418700
Cross and Passion, Glen Road684800
La Salle, Edenmore Drive1,040600
Little Flower, Somerton Road494600
Our Lady of Mercy, Ballysillan Road573600
St. Augustine's, Ravenhill Road546800
St. Gabriels, Crumlin Road427700
St. Gemma's, Ardilea Street477600
St. Genevieve's, Edenmore Drive890600
St. Louise's, Falls Road2,3462,300
St. Monica's, Ravenhill Road544800
St. Patrick's, Antrim Road834900
St. Paul's, Beechmount Parade522800
St. Peter's, Britton's Parade427800
St. Rose's, Beechmount Avenue372800
St. Thomas's, Whitelock Road583800


(a) It is not possible to state precisely the capacity of each school from centrally held records because of the curricular changes that have taken place since many of the schools were built or extended. The figures in column (3) are therefore approximate

(b) Temporary accommodation has been excluded.