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Rowandale Integrated Primary School

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many expressions of interest have been lodged with the Department of Education by parents who wish to send their children to the proposed Rowandale Integrated Primary School. (98715)

A development proposal to establish Rowandale Integrated Primary School with effect from 1 September 2007 or the earliest date thereafter was published by the South Eastern Education and Library Board on behalf of the Rowandale Integrated Primary School Steering Group on 19 September 2006. The statutory two-month consultation period ends on 20 November 2006.

In submitting the development proposal for the establishment of a new grant maintained integrated primary school the Steering Group indicated that at 18 August 2006, they had received 20 expressions of interest for Year 1 at September 2007 with a further 57 children identified for Year 1 for the years 2008 to 2011 inclusive. In addition, the Group has advised that 22 families had expressed interest in transferring their children to the proposed new school from existing primary schools.