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Welcome for extra places at two schools

Relief for parents and children as extra school places are confirmed
By Mairead Holland

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ALMOST 60 extra school places are to be made available at two Co Down schools after both were over-subscribed for the coming academic year.

The Department of Education (DoE) has approved temporary variations applications for 40 places at Bangor Academy and 19 at Strangford Integrated College.

Disappointed families had raised the issue with their political representatives after some children had not been offered a place at any school of their choice.

Strangford MLA Peter Weir was part of a DUP delegation which met with the the department last week.

He said: "This will greatly ease the pressures in the North Down and Strangford areas, and come as a great relief to many families who have been left with much worry and disappointment.

"Due to the complex way that school places are allocated this will still take some time to fully roll out, and some parents may still be left with problems."

Mr Weir said he would work with parents until everything was resolved.

North Down UUP MLA Alan Chambers also welcomed the announcement, saying it showed the department was listening to the concerns of parents and elected representatives.

He added he looked forward "to continuing to engage with the Department of Education to help those pupils and their parents who are still trying to secure places in local schools".

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