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Making the difference 2012: Best school

Published 13/12/2011

It is in an area that has been marred by the legacy of the Troubles, but Holy Cross Boys’ Primary in north Belfast has helped to give hope and leadership to thousands of pupils and their parents.

And for one parent it is simply the “best school in the country”.

Nominated by Stephen Hughes, he praised the school his six-year-old son Conal attends.

Led by principal Terry Laverty and vice principal Kevin McAreevey, Mr Hughes said both men have a “vision understanding and empathy” for the children who attend the school.

He wrote in the nomination: “It is a school set in a community that suffered greatly during the conflict bringing with it many of the legacy issues — violence, poverty, social and economic deprivation and neglect. Teaching becomes a challenge that few understand or accept.”

Speaking about the head and deputy head teacher he said the school is in “safe hands”.

“They have a great relationship with the parents, driving a variety of training and developmental opportunities for the parents also,” Mr Hughes said.

“The school has always been a place where parents and community groups have been accepted, a place of inclusion and interdependency and no more so than when our new immigrant communities began arriving.”

Mr Laverty said they were “delighted” to have been nominated.

“Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School enjoys great local support and is true to its motto: nurturing, talent — fulfilling potential.”

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