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Loughries Primary School will switch to integrated

By Rebecca Black

Published 22/05/2015

Education Minister John O’Dowd
Education Minister John O’Dowd

Cross-community education has been given a boost - with one primary school allowed to switch to integrated status, and another given the green light to increase pupil numbers.

Education Minister John O'Dowd yesterday gave the go-ahead for Loughries Primary School, just outside Newtownards, to transform to integrated.

And he has allowed Ulidia Integrated College in Carrickfergus to increase its enrolment and admission numbers.

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) welcomed the announcements, and spoke of an increased demand for an integrated primary school in the wider Newtownards area.

Loughries Primary principal Jo Thompson said all involved with the school wre "over the Moon".

"Our parents and children have been celebrating today, our school has continued to grow and develop and we now look forward to achieving further successes in the future," she said.

Meanwhile, Ulidia Integrated College was also celebrating yesterday.

From September the number of children it can admit will increase to 100.

And the approved enrolment at the school will increase on a phased basis towards a maximum of 620.

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