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County Antrim primary school switching to integrated status following approval

Carrickfergus Central Primary School will become the 66th integrated school in Northern Ireland

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Education Minister Peter Weir

Education Minister Peter Weir

Education Minister Peter Weir

The Department of Education has approved proposals to allow a Co Antrim primary school to move to integrated status from September.

Carrickfergus Central Primary School will become the second integrated primary school in the town, alongside Acorn Integrated Primary School which was established in 1992.

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) provided support alongside the Integrated Education Fund to Carrickfergus Central since 2017, leading to the proposal being published by the department in March 2020.

Chief executive officer of the NICIE, Roisin Marshall, welcomed Monday’s announcement and said: “We are delighted for Carrickfergus Central PS.

“The whole school community has put significant work into the transformation process and the positive decision by the Education Minister validates all their efforts.

“We look forward to working with them to develop their Integrated ethos and to offering more Integrated places for children and their families in the Carrick area.”

Principal of the school Ms Nuala Hall, added: “We can now continue to build on our already inclusive ethos and our commitment to welcoming pupils from all backgrounds.

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“Children are at the heart of the school and the school has been at the heart of the local community for the past 68 years.

“We look forward to providing a quality, inclusive education for the children of this area for the next 68 years and beyond.”

Families in the Carrickfergus area will now be able to avail of over 60 admission places in integrated primary schools each year.

Carrickfergus Central Primary School will become the 31st school to be approved for transformation to integrated status since the legislation was created in 1989.


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