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Area Based Planning

This section contains information relating to the planning of school places as part of the Area Based Planning process.

Statistical Information (Enrolments and Demographs)

This includes information on the school enrolments for the period 2000 - 2010, for comparitive purposes the primary and post primary figures do not include special units. All enrolment data is based on the Department of Education October census figures for the corresponding years. It also contains birth and population projections for each geographical area. All demographic information is based on statistical data from the Northern Ireland Statistical Research Agency.


SELB Area Statistical Analysis Including Population Projections


Council Area Statistics
ARMAGH Area Information Primary Post Primary
BANBRIDGE Area Information Primary Post Primary
COOKSTOWN Area Information Primary Post Primary
CRAIGAVON Area Information Primary Post Primary
DUNGANNON Area Information Primary Post Primary
NEWRY Area Information Primary Post Primary


Area Planning Minister’s statement and Viability Audit


In his statement to the Assembly, on 26 September 2011, the Minister, John O’Dowd MLA, highlighted the need to move forward with the implementation of the Sustainable School Policy and the process of strategic planning on an area basis.

The Minister has made it clear that, against the backdrop of an extremely challenging financial landscape in the coming years, progress on reshaping the structure and pattern of education provision cannot be delayed. This work is at the core of the raising standards agenda which can only be delivered efficiently and effectively through a network of sustainable schools. Until such times as the ESA is established the Minister has indicated that an area planning process be commenced.

The Area Planning process will result in an effectively planned, sustainable and affordable pattern of schools. This will ensure that we have the right type and size of schools, in the right places, to meet the needs of our pupils and young people.

As a precursor to, and to inform the wider area approach to, planning the Education and Library Boards and CCMS, working in close conjunction with other sectors were tasked with undertaking a viability audit of all schools to identify those schools which are evidencing stress now in relation to sustainable enrolment levels, delivery of quality education and financial viability.

The viability audit identified those schools where action will need to be taken in the short term to protect the education of pupils. It will also support the development of a detailed area profile based on current and relevant educational information which will be an essential part of the area planning process.

The SELB recognise that the viability audit process is not a static but a dynamic process which will continue to be updated in the light of new information as the area planning process progresses.

The Viability Audit completed by the Southern Education and Library Board in association with the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools is available by clicking the link below. Additional information on the Terms of Reference for the Viability Audit and Area Planning is available by clicking on the links below. Also below is the Minister's full speech to the Assembly on 26 September 2011.



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