NEELB proposals: Cambridge House ‘saved’ - Ballee may face axe

CAMBRIDGE House saved ... Ballee High ‘considered for closure’. These are the headline issues at the heart of the NEELB’s Area Based Planning proposals for the Post Primary Sector in the Ballymena area.

The Board’s agreed proposals for Antrim/Ballymena, Coleraine and Newtownabbey areas are being published today. Wider proposals for the rest of its area will be submitted for the consideration of the Minister for Education and published in due course.

The initial proposals for the Ballymena area are: - Ballymena Academy will continue as an 11-19 Grammar School with its enrolment increasing initially to a maximum enrolment of 1230 pupils from 2014 extending in stages to a maximum enrolment of 1375 pupils by the year 2025.

Cambridge House Grammar School will continue as an 11-19 Bi-Lateral school, selecting a proportion of its intake on the basis of academic ability, of 1030 pupils up to the year 2014 and will then reduce in stages to a maximum enrolment of 935 pupils.

Slemish College will continue as an 11-19 school with initial growth to an enrolment of 800 pupils from the year 2014, extending in stages to a maximum enrolment of 880 by the year 2025.

Cullybackey High School will continue as an 11-19 school with a maximum enrolment of 700 pupils in the year 2014 extending in stages to a maximum enrolment of 770 pupils by the year 2025.

Dunclug College will continue as an 11-19 school with a maximum enrolment of 700 in the year 2014 extending in stages to a maximum enrolment of 935 pupils by the year 2025.

Ballee Community High School will be considered for closure from 31 August 2014.

Antrim: Current provision in Antrim will remain unchanged with Antrim Grammar School continuing as an 11-19 school and Parkhall Controlled Integrated College remaining as an 11-16 provision.

A consultation on the future of provision at Crumlin Controlled Integrated College is underway.

All proposed changes in these proposals will require further a further period of statutory consultation with Governors, Parents, Staff and Pupils of affected schools and the subsequent publication of appropriate Development proposals for public consultation and will be kept under review to ensure that they can take account of any changes required over time to secure adequate educational provision.