Co Antrim Catholic primary school votes to become integrated
A Co Antrim primary school has voted to become the first Catholic school to change to integrated status.
Over 95% of parents of pupils at Seaview Primary School in Glenarm voted in favour of the change.
The school will now draw up a development proposal and submit the plans to the Education Authority and Department of Education for approval.
CEO of the integrated Education Fund Tina Merron said the decision was "great news".
"The vote echoes the findings of successive opinion polls over many years and is further evidence that communities are ready for an education system which is set up for children of all faiths and none to learn, play and grow together," she said.
"Interest in local schools becoming officially integrated has never been higher.
"We look forward to supporting Seaview Primary School Glenarm as it works to further develop and strengthen its welcoming and inclusive ethos."
Former South Belfast MLA Monica McWilliams said the move from the school was an "inspirational decision".
"It shows what can be achieved when parents work together. Well done to all involved," she said.
The move comes after parents at Harding Memorial Primary School in east Belfast voted 87% in favour of becoming integrated.
It will be the first integrated school in the east Belfast area.
Ballyhackett Primary School near Coleraine and St Mary's High School in Co Fermanagh have also voted for integration in recent years.
There are currently 65 integrated schools across Northern Ireland, with 25 of these choosing to change to integrated education from another medium.
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