School's bid to switch to integrated status denied
A Catholic rural primary school has had its bid for integrated status rejected by the Department of Education.
Parents of pupils at Clintyclay Primary School in Dungannon voted to switch to integrated status in 2014.
However, the bid was rejected at the time.
Following legal action, the Department of Education agreed to look at the proposal again - but it again rejected the school's bid yesterday.
Department of Education chief Derek Baker ruled that the school could apply again and that it should not be closed by the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools following yesterday's decision.
MLA Kellie Armstrong, who is the Alliance Party's integrated education spokesperson, said: "I am saddened by the department's decision.
"It is clear from soundings in the local area that there is interest from parents from all sections of the community in establishing the school on an integrated basis.
"When there is a demand we must ensure that it is met.
"While today's decision is disappointing, I call upon the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools to work with the community and the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) to consider the best way forward for children in the area, which is clearly integrated education."
The school's bid to become integrated had been backed by NICIE.