Clarke: CCMS must be clear on future of St Patrick’s

Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke has said he is disappointed the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) has delayed making a decision on the future of St Patrick’s Primary School, Burrenreagh.

A long campaigner for the retention of the school, Councillor Clarke spoke of his concerns after receiving a letter from CCMS postponing an official decision on the school’s future until the consultation on the Draft Area Plans for Primary School is completed.

Councillor Patrick Clarke said: “This delay is the worst indication I have received so far that St Patrick’s primary could be at risk from significant changes, especially as CCMS has continually pointed out that it does not meet all the criteria for sustainability.

“St Patrick’s is a good school and a vital part of its local community. It is very disappointing that CCMS cannot give local pupils and parents any indication of when this matter may be resolved. I am very deeply concerned at the written response from the CCMS.

“However, I do welcome the pledge by CCMS in this latest letter that makes clear the local community will have an opportunity to voice their concerns through a formal consultation, should the issue arise.”

“I would very strongly like and indeed urge the CCMS to be fully transparent in regards to St. Patrick’s Primary School at Burrenreagh.

“Rural schools are an integral part of every community so I am now asking CCMS to give the parents and children and supporters of St. Patrick’s Primary School at Burrenreagh some clear indication about its long term future.”

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