Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Antrim school gets integrated status

A school in Antrim has been granted conditional integrated status, it was revealed today.

Parkhall College will make the change in September or as soon as possible afterwards if it meets the requirements of the Department of Education.

Parents previously voted against the move but subsequently approved it.

Education Minister Caitriona Ruane said: "Parkhall College is well-placed to achieve a successful transformation to integrated status.

"The board of governors and the staff are fully committed to the transformation plan and are keen to implement it as soon as possible.

"I give the school approval to transform to controlled integrated status on the condition that it meets the department's intake requirements.

"I wish all concerned well for the future."

Parkhall College has seen its numbers swell since Massereene Community College closed in 2006. It has over 700 pupils from both sides of the community and was established over 30 years ago.

Principal George Beattie said: "The governors, senior management team and staff at Parkhall College welcome the announcement by the Department of Education granting conditional approval for transformation to controlled integrated status.

"Parkhall College has traditionally and does currently provide an inclusive learning environment where all children are valued and respected, encouraged to fulfil their academic potential and equipped for life in today's society.

"This decision will allow the college to go from strength to strength in providing a quality of education for all the young people within the Borough of Antrim."

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