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Plans close a campus of Craigavon Senior High School

There are plans to close the Lurgan campus of Craigavon Senior High School

THERE are plans to close a campus of Craigavon Senior High School.

The Education Authority (EA) has set out a proposal to shut the Lurgan campus, which would mean all of the school's 618 pupils would be educated in Portadown from September 2020.

It has operated on a split site since opening in 1995, with 444 pupils attending the Portadown campus in September 2018 and 174 based in Lurgan.

But the BBC reported that during a meeting at the school on Monday night, the EA mooted plans for the closure of the Lurgan campus.

It said the smaller campus is "no longer fit for purpose" and struggles to provide an "appropriate curriculum experience" for pupils.

It also published a critical review of the campus in 2016, which stated that the safety of pupils was at risk due to the deteriorating state of the school building.

A group representing some parents in Lurgan is opposed to the proposal and said it was concerned that pupils in Lurgan would be left without the option of attending a controlled school in the town.

The plans are now open for consultation.

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