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Axe threat Catholic primary votes to go integrated

By Claire Williamson

A Catholic primary school has voted to become integrated in what is thought to be the first case of its kind.

Clintyclay Primary in Dungannon is under threat of closure and has just 30 pupils in two classes.

While its pupils come from mixed backgrounds, it is officially a Catholic maintained school.

But parents have now contacted the South Eastern Education and Library Board and requested that the school be given the opportunity to explore the possibility of becoming integrated.

Such a move must be done via a vote by parents – and 100% of parents voted for such a move.

The process is still in its early stages, but if successful the school will become the first Catholic primary to transform to integrated status.

It was something the school and parents "felt strongly about", a school spokeswoman said.

"We have children from other sides of the community in the school. And once the parents all got together they decided this was what they wanted to do. Regardless if we were down for closure, this is the way the school would want to go. It is an option not just to keep the school open, but that would be explored regardless.

"The parents and governors are very excited about this and bringing it to the attention hopefully of the department and the Education Minister. Hopefully they will regard it in a positive way."

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