Department of Education to offer 413 extra school places for 2019/20

As reported by the BBC, the Department of Education will supply over 400 additional school places to post-primaries as of September

The Department of Education (DE) in Northern Ireland is preparing to open up extra places in 20 post-primary schools.

This is to cope with an influx of year eight pupils in certain areas including Belfast, North Down and Ards.

Altogether, 413 additional places are being provided as of September.

Approximately half of post-primaries in the region are oversubscribed on a regular basis.

Bangor Academy, Strangford Integrated College and Hazelwood Integrated College are to get 40 extra places each.

Regent House Grammar School and Lisnagarvey High School will get 30 extra places, while Ashfield Boys’ High School, Belfast Model School for Girls, Aquinas Grammar School, Lagan College, St Pius X College in Magherafelt and St Patrick’s College in Dungannon will get 20 additional places.

Priory Integrated College in Holywood is to get 23 more places, Ashfield Girls’ High School 17 extra places and St Columbanus’ College in Bangor and St Patrick’s Academy in Dungannon 15 additional places each.

Dromore High School is to get 12 more Year Eight places, Strathearn School and Glastry College 10 each, Antrim Grammar School eight and Nendrum College three.

“In 2019 it is estimated that the number of children transferring will be well over 2,500 higher than the number that transferred four years ago,” a DE spokesperson said.

“This proactive move is intended to ensure the transfer procedure can successfully conclude while minimising the number of children who are unplaced at the end of the procedure.”

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