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Drumragh College gets approval to increase enrolment

Drumragh Integrated College could see its enrolment numbers rise from next September.

Historically the oversubscribed Omagh school has had to turn away pupils.

However, at an Education Authority committee meeting held in Omagh last Thursday, a development proposal that will see admissions at Drumragh increase from 96 to 111 per year intake and 580 to 675 pupils overall, was approved.

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The proposal was officially published this week, commencing a two month statutory objection period.

Drumragh principal Nigel Frith has for many years stated that the school was “too small” for its demand, receiving 126 applications for the 96 places a year ago. He did however note this was the first year not to be oversubscribed.

Mr Frith said this was only a “blip in our enrolment pattern”, emphasising that the overall trend speaks for itself, so the need to expand remains.

Welcoming the approval of this Development Proposal, in their third attempt, Mr Frith said, “We refuse to give up because this is important.

“The college has had to turn children away for nearly a decade, and the blunt reality is that if a child is refused admission to Drumragh, they are probably also being denied an integrated education.

“Integrated education is an important part of the pathway to peace, and it creates a better future not only for our young people, but for Northern Ireland as a whole.”

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