Drumlins IPS hoping their wait for a new school will end soon.

After ten years of campaigning the Drumlins Integrated Primary School community are close to realising their dream of a new school.

The former library headquarters building in Ballynahinch has been identified as a suitable site and an application for planning permission has been submitted.

Drumlins IPS was founded in 2004 and in spite of being accommodated in mobile classrooms in an industrial estate in Ballynahinch, the school has flourished, with 160 pupils on the roll. It has been over-subscribed for the past five years.Drumlins IPS

Since its establishment governors, staff and parents have been committed to securing a new site and a permanent building for the school. Principal Janice Marshall says she is delighted by the recent progress in the campaign, which would give the school more permanent roots in the County Down town. She added

“We are hoping we will finally have good news on the building to mark our tenth anniversary; it will be a great reward for all the families and staff who’ve had to work in unsatisfactory circumstances for so long.”

Architects have drawn up plans for a new building on the town centre site and the school is working with the Department of Education to develop the school for the future.