Students urge public to back Brollagh school


THE students of St Mary’s High School, Brollagh are out and about drumming up support to keep their school open – and are even planning on travelling to the Department of Education in Bangor to hand in their objections.
The closing date for objections to the closure of the Brolllagh school is coming up next Monday, November 20th and young students have been busy gathering signatures in Garrison and Belleek areas to support the retention of the school.
On Friday, the Parents Action Group are hoping to hire a bus and bring pupils and parents from the school to the Department of Education in Bangor on Friday 17th to hand in their objections.
The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) has announced it is to close St Mary’s High School, Brollagh, which has a current enrolment of 84.
St Mary’s High School is facing it’s a third proposal in nine years to close the school and if accepted the school will close by August 31st 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.
A spokesperson for the Action Group is encouraging people to submit their objections to the proposed closure.
“The pupils will travel three hours from the most westerly school in the country to hand in their objections to their school closing to the Department of Education ahead of the closing date for objections on November 20th.
“The Action Group has submitted our legal challenges to the CCMS the Department of Education and the Education Authority.
“We have had no reply from the EA or the CCMS but the Department of Education have offered is a meeting with the Secretary.”
The Group also have a meeting with the Education Secretary organised for November 27th at Stormont to express their opposition to the proposed closure. The Parents Action Group committee will be attending and will be accompanied by politicians who are in full support of the school remaining open.

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