Portrush and Dungannon see growth in integrated education as more school places are announced



Two recent announcements from the Department of Education have brought news of growth for Mill Strand Integrated Primary School in Portrush, and Integrated College Dungannon (ICD).

Mill Strand Integrated Primary School in Portrush marks its thirtieth birthday with an increase in places to although an application to double the school’s nursery provision was turned down. However after being granted temporary variation to increase P1 places from 30 to 45 for September 2017,  Mill Strand IPS will in future be able to admit 58 children into P1 each year. 

Portrush and Dungannon see growth in integrated education as more school places are announcedThe school currently offers 26 part-time nursery places and runs a pre-school play group, supported by the generous donations through the IEF.

Mill Strand has been hoping and waiting for a new build for some years and in 2016 heard it could go to the planning stage for a new school with the help of the Fresh Start Agreement Funding. The search is on for a suitable site in Portrush which will enable the school to provide accommodation and modern education facilities for its growing enrolment.

More pupils in the Dungannon area will be able to access integrated second-level education after the Department of Education approved a bid to increase places at Integrated College Dungannon.

Portrush and Dungannon see growth in integrated education as more school places are announcedFrom September next year (2018) admissions at IC Dungannon will grow from 90 to 110 students, meaning the overall enrolment at the school will eventually expand to 700.

IC Dungannon was established in 1995 and is currently over-subscribed.  The expansion will help the college to retain additional pupils at sixth form to meet local demand, and help it to participate in a special coaching programme run by the IFA. The college recently opened a new sports hall and 3G pitches funded through the Schools Enhancement programme.

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