Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Area by area: your guide to the proposed changes

Education correspondent|Lindsay Fergus details the options on the table for schools in each of the five education board areas

North Eastern Education and Library Board

Antrim & Ballymena

The current position, or

  • Antrim Grammar School to continue to be an 11-19 co-educational school for 805 pupils.
  • Parkhall Integrated College to become an 11-19 co-educational school for 800 pupils.
  • Post-16 provision incorporating Antrim Grammar School and Parkhall Controlled Integrated College.
  • Ballymena Academy to absorb Cambridge House Grammar School to create a new school for 1,900 pupils.
  • Dunclug College to continue as an 11-19 co-educational school for 850 pupils.
  • Cullybackey High School to become an 11-16 co-educational school for 850 pupils.
  • Slemish College to continue as an 11-19 co-educational school, but would be relocated on Ballee Community High School’s site for 850 pupils.
  • Establishment of a partnership of St Louis’ Grammar School, St Patrick’s College and St Benedict’s (Randalstown), leading to the creation of one 11-19 Catholic managed post-primary for 1,950 pupils.
  • Castle Tower to continue as a Special Education School for 250 pupils.
  • Ballee Community High School to be considered for closure.

Or

  • Dunclug College to continue as an 11-19 co-educational school on a split site incorporating Ballee Community High School’s site with an aim to be centrally located in a new build co-located with Castle Tower new school and Northern Regional College catering for 1,000 pupils.
  • Cullybackey High School to continue as an 11-19 co-educational school for 700 pupils.
  • Slemish College to continue as an 11-19 co-educational school for 850 pupils.

Or

  • Dunclug College to continue as an 11-19 co-educational school for 750 pupils.
  • Ballee Community High to continue as an 11-16 school for 550 pupils.
  • Cullybackey High School to continue as an 11-19 co-educational school for 750 pupils.
  • Slemish College to continue as an 11-19 co-educational school for 750 pupils.
  • Consultation on Crumlin Integrated will commence in September on the establishment of a shared management school with the Catholic Maintained sector.

Magherafelt

Current position, or

  • Magherafelt High School to become an 11-16 school for 650 pupils.
  • Rainey Endowed and Sperrin Integrated College to become a bilateral shared 11-19 school with enrolment increased to 1,600, initially working on a split site but with a new build as soon as possible.
  • St Mary’s Grammar School and St Pius X College to jointly collaborate in a three-year development plan for 2012–2015. Future capital planning for Catholic maintained post-primary provision should be based on a three school model located in (i) Clady/Kilrea (ii) Draperstown and (iii) Maghera.
  • Proposed amalgamation of St Mary’s College (Clady) and St Paul’s College (Kilrea) by September 2014 with the new college operating on the existing two sites with 2,300 pupils.

Ballymoney

Current position, or

  • Establishment of a shared management 11-19 co-educational school incorporating Ballymoney High School and Our Lady of Lourdes High School from September 2014 operating on a split site for 1,050 pupils.
  • Dalriada Grammar to continue as an 11-19 co-educational school for 850 pupils.

Coleraine

Current position, or

  • Coleraine Academical Institution and Coleraine High School to combine to become a shared co-educational 11-19 school. Initially provision would be based on current school sites but a new build for 1,500 pupils required.
  • Coleraine College and North Coast Integrated College to combine to become a shared 11-19 co-educational school, initially on current school sites but new build for 1,000 pupils needed.

Or

  • Coleraine Academical Institution, Coleraine High School, Coleraine College and North Coast Integrated College to combine to become a shared co-educational 11-19 school. Initially provision would be based on current school sites but a new build would be required as soon as possible.

Or

  • Coleraine Academical Institution, Coleraine High School, Coleraine College and North Coast Integrated College to combine to become two shared single-sex 11-19 schools. Initially provision would be based on current school sites but a new build required as soon as possible.

Moyle

Current position, or

  • Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School to develop their current working relationship on a staged progression leading to the potential creation of one jointly managed 11-19 co-educational school.

Carrickfergus

Current position, or

  • Carrickfergus College and Downshire School to work together on a staged progression leading to the creation of an 11-19 co-educational school for 1,300 pupils.
  • Carrickfergus Grammar School to continue as an 11-19 co-educational grammar school for 800 pupils.
  • Ulidia Integrated College to continue as an 11-19 co-educational school for 600 pupils.

Or

  • Carrickfergus College and Downshire School to work together on a staged progression leading to the creation of an 11-19 co-educational school for 1,100 pupils.
  • Ulidia Integrated College to expand to 11-19 co-educational school for 800 pupils.

Or

  • Carrickfergus College, Downshire School and Ulidia Integrated College to come together to create one 11-19 shared co-educational school for 1,900 pupils.

Larne

Current position, or

  • Larne High School and Larne Grammar School to work together on a staged progression leading to the creation of one co-educational 11-19 school for 1,200 pupils.
  • St Killian’s College to continue as an 11-19 co-educational school.

Newtownabbey

Current position, or

  • Belfast High School to continue as an 11-19 co-educational school for 930 pupils.
  • Glengormley High School, Monkstown Community School and Newtownabbey Community High School to come together to create one 11-19 co-educational school for 2,500 pupils.
  • Ballyclare High School to continue as co-educational 11-19 school for 1,210 pupils.
  • Ballyclare Secondary to continue as co-educational 11-19 school for 1,000 pupils.

Or

  • Monkstown Community School and Newtownabbey Community High School to combine to create an 11-19 co-educational school.


Western Education and Library Board

Derry City

  • Progress the recommendations of the Derry Diocesan Programme Board.
  • Investigate the impact of a proposed new Irish medium post-primary school.
  • Investigation into the impact of a proposed increased capacity within Oakgrove Integrated on the controlled, maintained and voluntary sectors.

Fermanagh

  • A new replacement school on the Portora site for an amalgamated Portora Royal School and Collegiate Grammar School for 900 pupils.
  • A new school on the Tempo Road site to replace Devenish College and Lisnaskea High School for 800 pupils.
  • Two large single-sex Catholic managed schools in Enniskillen.
  • One new Catholic managed school through the amalgamation of St Aidan’s High School, St Comhghall’s College and St Eugene’s College.
  • A feasibility study to be undertaken on the development of a rural academy to provide for pupils residing in the Irvinestown and Dromore areas.
  • Closure of St Mary’s High, Brollagh.
  • Investigation into the impact of a proposed increased in capacity at Erne Integrated on the controlled, maintained and voluntary sectors.

Limavady

  • Retention of an 11-19 co-educational college in Limavady.
  • Establishment of an 11-19 co-educational college taking account of the needs along the Dungiven, Claudy and Glendermott corridor.

Strabane

  • Holy Cross College, Strabane, will continue to provide 11-19 co-educational provision.


Belfast Education and Library Board

Proposals to include:

  • BELB to work with SEELB on solutions for Orangefield High and neighbouring schools along the Knock dual carriageway. Options include the creation of a new school, amalgamations and a confederation of existing schools.

Or

  • Rationalisation (school closures)

Or

  • Amalgamations/rationalisations.

Or

  • To increase capacity at Ashfield Boys & Girls High Schools.

Or

  • A confederation covering six schools — Ashfield Girls' High; Ashfield Boys' High; Orangefield High; Knockbreda High; Newtownbreda High, Dundonald High.

Or

  • A confederation covering the six schools and the grammar schools within the east Belfast and Castlereagh areas.

Also proposed is:

  • Four (at least two co-educational) 11-19 Catholic managed schools to serve north Belfast and Glengormley.
  • The provision of eight Catholic managed 11-19 schools/campuses in south/west Belfast and Lisburn to include a new school in Crumlin/ Glenavy/Lisburn.
  • Rathmore Grammar to remain an 11-19 co-educational voluntary grammar.
  • The phased development of St Louise’s Comprehensive College to be co-educational.
  • A review of provision in Corpus Christi.
  • An 11-19 girls’ campus involving St Dominic’s Grammar and St Rose’s Dominican College to be created under single governance.
  • A single provision including St Mary’s Grammar and Christian Brothers School for boys 11–19 to be created.


South Eastern Education and Library Board

Ards

Proposals include:

  • The rationalisation of provision |between Movilla High, Newtownards, and |Nendrum College, Comber.

Or

  • The establishment of strategic alliance between Glastry College, Movilla, and Nendrum for 6th form provision.

Or

  • A Collegiate between Glastry, Movilla and Nendrum with strategic alliance with Regent House for 6th form provision.

Also proposed is:

  • St Columba’s College, Portaferry, to be reviewed by CCMS.
  • An increase in the enrolment of Strangford Integrated College.
  • The establishment of strategic alliance between Strangford Integrated College and other integrated schools for 6th form provision.
  • A strategic alliance between St Columba’s College, Portaferry, Strangford Integrated College and Glastry High School.

Castlereagh

  • The rationalisation of secondary provision in the area — Knockbreda High, Newtownbreda High, Dundonald High.

Or

  • The establishment of collegiate or strategic alliance between Dundonald, Knockbreda and Newtownbreda High Schools.

Also proposed is:

  • The rationalisation of some provision and the establishment of a collegiate model covering the remaining secondary schools and the grammar schools within the East Belfast—Castlereagh area.
  • Our Lady’s & St Patrick’s College to remain as an 11–19 co-educational college.
  • Enhanced collaboration with Aquinas Diocesan Grammar and St Joseph’s College, Belfast, as well as developing collaboration with St Columbanus College, Bangor.
  • An increase in enrolment numbers at Lagan College.
  • The establishment of strategic alliance between Lagan College and other integrated schools for 6th form provision.

Down

  • An increase in enrolment numbers at Saintfield High, Ballynahinch High and Down High.
  • The establishment of strategic alliance between Ballynahinch High School and Saintfield High School for 6th form provision.

Or

  • A collegiate between Ballynahinch High School and Saintfield High School with strategic alliance with Down High School for 6th form.

Also proposed is:

  • Provision in St Colmcille’s High School, Crossgar to be closely monitored.
  • St Malachy’s High School, Castlewellan, to remain as an 11-19 school.
  • De La Salle High School, Downpatrick; St Patrick’s Grammar School, Downpatrick, and St Mary’s High School, Downpatrick, to be supported to establish co-educational 11 -19 provision.
  • Assumption Grammar, Ballynahinch, to remain as an 11-19 girls grammar school which will collaborate with St Colman’s High School, Crossgar, to develop education provision for 11-19. Provision in St Colman’s High to be closely monitored.
  • A review of integrated provision. |This may include the rationalisation of Blackwater Integrated College and Shimna Integrated College.

Or

  • A strategic alliance or collegiate between the two integrated schools.

Lisburn

  • Strategic alliances between Laurelhill Community College and Lisnagarvey High Schools for 6th form provision.

Or

  • The establishment of collegiate between Laurelhill Community College and Lisnagarvey High Schools for 6th form provision.

Or

  • A collegiate between the Laurelhill Community College and Lisnagarvey High Schools with a strategic alliance with the voluntary grammar schools for 6th form.

Also proposed is:

  • Plans to develop a collaborative partnership between St Patrick’s Academy, Lisburn, and Rathmore Grammar School, Finaghy, will be completed by December with a view to full implementation by September 2013.
  • Plans to extend the partnership between De La Salle College, west Belfast, St Genevieve’s High School, west Belfast, to include St Colm’s High School, Twinbrook, will be completed by December with a view to full implementation by September 2013.
  • An increase in enrolment numbers in Forthill Integrated.
  • To establish a strategic alliance between Forthill Integrated and controlled/ maintained schools for 6th form provision.

North Down

  • St Columbanus College, Bangor, to be retained as a 11–19 school, developing collaboration with Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock.
  • An increase in enrolment numbers at Priory Integrated College.


Southern Education and Library Board

Armagh

  • The plan is to amalgamate City of Armagh and Markethill High Schools on the Markethill High School site and build a new school for 700 pupils.

Refurbish and extend the Royal School Armagh for 700 pupils.

or

  • Amalgamate City of Armagh High and the Royal School, and extend Royal School Armagh for 850 pupils.

Provide new school at Markethill High for 550 pupils.

Or

  • Amalgamate City of Armagh and Markethill High co-located in new buildings at the Royal School Armagh for 700 pupils. Extend Royal School Armagh for 700 pupils.

Or

  • Amalgamate all three schools and provide a new 11-19 all-ability school on the Royal School Armagh site for 1,400 pupils.

Also proposed is:

  • 11–19 co-educational provision retained in St Patrick’s High, Keady.

Transition to two single-sex schools in Armagh inclusive of Irish-medium education.

Banbridge

  • To create sustainable and viable 11-16 provision in St Patrick’s College, Banbridge.
  • Consideration will be given to how issues in two schools (St Patrick’s College and Banbridge High) could be addressed for the mutual benefit of all pupils.
  • There is oversubscription at Newbridge Integrated College. There is a requirement for the clearly stated parental preference for integrated education to be met.
  • There will also be an exploration of ways Rathfriland High School can be supported to continue to deliver high quality education through collaborative working with other partners. This may include a cross-sectoral strategic alliance with schools in either the Southern or South Eastern boards.

Cookstown

  • There continues to be the need for two schools (Cookstown High and Holy Trinity College) with approximately 1,000 pupils each to be retained in Cookstown.

Craigavon

  • Ten of the 12 schools looked at are part of the Craigavon two-tier system with junior and senior high schools and transfer at 14 (the Dickson Plan). The Craigavon two-tier system could be modernised by retaining but reorganis

ing the current five schools and campuses within Portadown and Tandragee into a collegiate with a single board of governors and a single principal. Similar arrangement in Lurgan.

Also proposed is:

  • Retaining integrated choice for parents within the area with the maintenance and growth of Brownlow College.
  • Consultation on the closure of Drumcree College, Portadown.
  • Retention of an 11-19 co-educational, all-ability school in Lismore Comprehensive College.
  • Creation of a new 11-19 co-educational, all-ability school on St Michael’s Grammar School’s site, Lurgan.

Dungannon and South Tyrone

Proposals include:

  • St Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley, continues to provide 11–19 post-primary education.
  • St Patrick’s College and St Patrick’s Academy to share educational campus, retaining the identity and status of both schools.
  • Drumglass High School and Dungannon Integrated College to stay the same.
  • Retention of 11-19 co-educational provision at St Joseph’s Grammar, |Donaghmore.
  • Retention of co-educational educational provision in Coalisland. There will be an evaluation of the potential of securing a formal partnership with St Joseph’s Grammar, Donaghmore, to secure viability and sustainability of 11–19 provision

Newry and Mourne

Proposals include:

  • TThe retention of Newtownhamilton High School and to build on the current partnership with both St Joseph’s, Crossmaglen, and St Paul’s, Bessbrook,
  • An 11–19, new build, co-educational, all-ability school in Crossmaglen.
  • Retention of an 11–19, all–ability, co-educational school in Bessbrook.
  • SELB to work with Kilkeel High School to ensure it can meet its obligation to pupils.
  • A new build to expand St Louis’ Grammar, Kilkeel.
  • Consultation on the closure of St Columban’s College, Kilkeel.
  • A review of post–primary Catholic provision in Newry over the next two years.
  • Strengthening of 11-19 provision in St Mark’s High, Warrenpoint.

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