NI Education Minister John O’Dowd MLA has rejected the CCMS proposal to close St Mary’s High School, Brollagh.
The CCMS had put forward plans not to admit year 8 and year 11 students this September and to close the school, which currently has 121 students, next year.
Minister O’Dowd said, however, that he wants the school’s cross-border potential to be looked at.
He said: “The option of cross-border collaboration needs to be further examined and I am calling on CCMS and the WELB (Western Education and Library Board) to bring forward a pilot scheme which would allow the school to work with schools on the other side of the border.”
He also called for locals to support the school by enrolling their children there.
Michelle Gildernew MP for Fermanagh & South Tyronea, welcomed the news. “ I am delighted at the decision by the Education Minister to reject the proposed closure of St Mary’s by CCMS.
“As we all know, Brollagh is situated in a disadvantaged, neglected and isolated rural area and the future delivery of post-primary education in the locality is of maximum importance not only to the needs of the young people in the area, but also of the wider community.
“From the outset, Sinn Féin representatives from across North West Fermanagh were active supporters of the campaign to deliver a cross-border model at Brollagh and we are over the moon that that campaign has been successful. But the real work in delivering this and making it a success begins now.”