BREAKING NEWS: ‘St Joseph’s to close’ in radical schools shake up

John O'Dowd MLA Minister of Education

John O'Dowd MLA Minister of Education

Parents and teachers have been told that St Joseph’s College in Coleraine is being earmarked for phased closure from September 2015 in a radical shake up of post-primary Catholic education in Coleraine and Portstewart, The Coleraine Times can exclusively reveal.

This will mean that there will be no admission from Year 8 at the Beresford Avenue school from that date and closure would take effect from August 31, 2017.

The proposals include the establishment of two all-ability, inclusive centres of excellence - one at Loreto in Coleraine, on a single site, with a minimum enrolment of 1,100 and one in Dominican Portstewart, on a single site, with a minimum enrolment of 600.

Parents and teachers were informed of the proposals at meetings in the three schools on Tuesday.

The proposals will now go out to a one month consultation.

Watch this space for further developments and reaction. We will carry a full report in The Coleraine Times on Tuesday, June 3.


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