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Newtownbreda High School challenges Minister of Education’s closure decision

Parents of children of Newtownbreda High School are challenging John O’Dowd’s planned amalgamation of their school and Knockbreda High School.  The intention is to close both schools and create a new one. 

On 28th May, at a hearing requesting permission to bring a judicial review action, lawyers for the parents argued that children’s education will suffer if the plans go ahead.  One parent involved in the challenge is mother to a dyslexic girl who fears her educational progress may be jeopardised by the move.  Lawyers for the parents also argued that the Minister for Education took the decision without proper reasoning and consultation.

The Court granted the application for leave to bring judicial review and the case was heard in full on 24th and 25th June.  Judgment is pending.  To read coverage from the Belfast Telegraph please click here.

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