Jayne Dunlop said: “I was extremely sad to hear news of St Mary’s Primary School having to close.
“It has been a valuable part of the community and is a very good school.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the staff who have worked at the school down through the years on the excellent service that they have given the local community.
“This school managed to survive a number of horrific sectarian attacks in the past, but it has now unfortunately been forced to close. This will be such a devastating blow to the local community.”