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Clintyclay Primary School decision remitted back to trial judge

The High Court is required to reconsider its decision to quash the Minister of Education’s decision to close Clintyclay Primary School, the first Catholic school in Northern Ireland attempting a transformation to integrated status.

The Minister had announced his decision after considering a proposal for closure and a proposal for transformation to integrated status.  He considered that low enrolment numbers (of 30 children) meant that it was no longer sustainable.  Due to this long term situation, switching to integrated status was not considered feasible.

A judicial review was brought by a parent of a pupil at the school and in March 2015 the trial judge concluded that the Minister had misdirected himself on the question of the school’s finances by relying on matters raised by the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) and comments by the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI).

The Court of Appeal remitted the matter back to the High Court for reconsideration.

You may access the case summary here and Belfast Telegraph article here.

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