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English not first language of over 80 per cent of pupils in Dungannon primary school.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

ALMOST five out of six pupils in a Dungannon primary school do not have English as their first language.

Out of 839 pupils at St Patrick's Primary School in the town, 692 are classified as newcomers.

A newcomer pupil is one who "has enrolled in a school but who does not have the satisfactory language skills to participate fully in the school curriculum".

St Patrick's has the second largest percentage of newcomer pupils in the whole of Northern Ireland, at 82.5 per cent.

And it has the highest number of pupils who do not have English as their first language in the entirety of Northern Ireland.

Dungannon Primary School has the fourth highest percentage of 'newcomer' children in the whole of Northern Ireland, with 57.6 per cent of pupils having that status.

That equates to 152 out of 264 pupils enrolled at the school.

It means that almost 77 per cent of pupils in Dungannon's two main primary schools do "not have the satisfactory language skills to participate fully in the school curriculum".

In the Dungannon and South Tyrone areas, the other schools where newcomers make up more than 20 per cent of the enrolments are

St John's Primary School, Moy at 32.8 per cent (63 of 192 pupils),
St Mary's Primary School, Aughnacloy at 24.8 per cent (25 of 101 pupils),
Primate Dixon Primary School, Coalisland at 25.2 per cent (130 of 515 pupils)
and Windmill Integrated Primary School at 22.7 per cent (56 of 247 pupils).

Other schools where 10 per cent or more of pupils don't have English as their first language are

Howard Primary School at 12.1 per cent (39 of 322 pupils),
Fivemiletown Primary School at 13.5 per cent (26 of 192 pupils),
Bush Primary School at 13.6 per cent (30 of 220 pupils),
Laghey Primary School in Killyman at 14.4 per cent (15 of 104 pupils),
Blessed Patrick O'Loughran Primary School, Castlecaulfield at 11.1 per cent (11 of 99 pupils),
St Patrick's Primary School, Annaghmore at 10.5 per cent (22 of 209 pupils)
and St Jarlath's Primary School, Blackwatertown at 14.5 per cent (26 of 179 pupils).

There are significantly less pupils with a newcomer background at secondary level.

In the Dungannon & South Tyrone area, the largest percentages of such pupils are at St Patrick's College, Dungannon and Integrated College Dungannon.

In St Patrick's College, a little under one in five pupils do not have the necessary language skills to participate fully in the school curriculum.

Of the school's 590 pupils, 111 are classified as newcomers, which equates to 18.8 per cent of those enrolled.

At Integrated College Dungannon, 16.6 per cent of pupils don't have the satisfactory language skills to participate fully in the school curriculum.

That equates to 98 of the school's 592 pupils.

Drumglass High School also has 10.6 per cent of pupils classified as newcomers, or 34 of their 321 pupils.

St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon and St Joseph's Grammar School, Donaghmore are the only two secondary schools in the area with no newcomer pupils.

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