Catholic church planning for drop in school numbers

According to Father John McManus the Catholic Church is preparing for amalgamations of its schools in some areas of Northern Ireland: “There is a projected 16% decline. In the Larne area, that is 23% and in the Moyle area it’s 9% and in the Ballymena area it’s about 5%. So it is against that background that this preferred option is being presented. This is the establishment of a new 11-18 voluntary school to meet the post-primary needs of all of the children in the Glens and east Antrim area.”