Two top Catholic grammar schools to end academic selection in Northern Ireland
Two of Northern Ireland's leading grammar schools have decided to discontinue the use of academic selection.
Education Minister Peter Weir has approved the move at Loreto Grammar School and Christian Brothers’ Grammar School, Omagh.
The changes will be implemented on a phased basis, beginning September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter, discontinuing the use of academic selection for Year 8 intake at both schools.
Commenting on his decision, Mr Weir said: “These proposals were instigated by the school management of Loreto Grammar School and Christian Brothers’ Grammar School and we are very confident there will be no significant changes to their respective pupil numbers for Year 8 intakes."
“I have been open in my stance on academic selection but have also clearly shown my support for giving schools greater choice," he said.
"Whilst Departmental policy is supportive of academic selection, I respect the right of schools and managing authorities to use their freedom to choose not to use it as a means of selection as illustrated by my decision here.”