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Crumlin College parent: ‘I can’t wait for my son to leave this place’

Parents of children attending Crumlin Integrated College have told the Belfast Telegraph that they have been concerned about standards at the school for some time.

They were speaking out after being informed of a highly critical inspection report.

As cars pulled up outside the school’s entrance yesterday afternoon, several parents said they had concerns for some time about standards and care at Crumlin Integrated.

One mother, whose son is a fifth year pupil there, said she wasn’t surprised by the report’s criticism.

“It isn’t a surprise to me,” she said.

“I don’t like the school at all.

“This is my son’s last year here and I can’t wait for him to leave.

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“He never seems to have homework and he doesn’t seem to have made any progress since starting at the school five years ago. My other girl is in second year and even she seems to have progressed much further.”

She only sent her son to the school after arriving in the area several years ago.

“I really wish I hadn’t sent my child to the school,” she added.

Another mother raised her concerns about the school’s pastoral care and its policy on anti-bullying measures.

“I’ve had concerns about the school for some time, particularly in respect of bullying, which is not dealt with particularly well,” she said. “As a parent this report is obviously concerning.

“None of us have had sight of it but I’m certain a lot of parents will be taking a good, long read at it.” Meanwhile a father, who has two children at the college, said that parents had been unhappy about the school’s reputation for some time.

“There seems to be issues with several things, among them bullying,” he said.

“It’s good that an external inspection team has gone in. You need independent people looking at every aspect of things, and hopefully its findings will be acted upon.”

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