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Assumption head rules out all-girl grammar merger with St Colman's and St Colmcille's

The Principal of an all-girl Catholic grammar school in County Down has rejected rumours that the school may be about to merge with two others in the area.

Peter Dobbin, Principal of the Assumption Grammar School in Ballynahinch has written to parents after rumours circulated that the merger may be given the go-ahead.

The potential merger was thought to include Assumption Grammar, St Colman's College, Ballynahinch and St Colmcille's High School in Crossgar.

The BBC have reported that Mr Dobbin's letter said that no discussions have taken place around the merger.

"It transpires that reference has been made publicly by CCMS to the fact that ongoing discussions are taking place between Assumption Grammar, St Colman's and St Colmcille's re an amalgamation or a potential way forward," the letter read.

"We categorically state there have been no such discussions."

The CCMS have confirmed that while there are plans for a school merger in nearby Downpatrick, no discussions have been held around amalgamating the Assumption Grammar School with any other local school.

The Assumption Grammar School was founded in 1933 by nuns and currently has over 800 pupils.

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