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(UK) NI: New special school; 'With more and more children have...special educational needs'

Apr 12, 2023, Northern Ireland World: Education Authority confirms that former Dromore Central Primary will be redeveloped into a Special Needs School https://www.northernirelandworld.com/education/education-authority-confirms-that-former-dromore-central-primary-will-be-redeveloped-into-a-special-needs-school-4101484

…The Education Authority has now confirmed the former primary school will be redeveloped, subject to funding.

A spokesperson for the EA said: “The EA intends to redevelop the old Dromore Central Primary School site and building for use as a special school or other specialist provision, subject to a business case, relevant statutory permissions and sufficient capital funding.”

Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson welcomed the news that the site will be redeveloped.

He said: “This announcement by the Education Authority is great news for Dromore and is long overdue.

"After years of lobbying by myself, Councillor Paul Rankin and other colleagues, we welcome the confirmation that the old Dromore Central Primary School building is to be repurposed for use as a special school or other specialist educational provision.

"With more and more children having statements of special educational needs, there is a great need for such a facility in the Lagan Valley area to ease the pressure on other local special schools and units….

“Transformation of the building for SEN would relieve the pressure of demand on existing SEN schools, prevent local families having to send their children many miles to access SEN facilities and the school building itself would continue its proud and enduring history of serving the needs of local children,” she said.




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