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- Published on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 12:52
Education Minister, John O'Dowd, has approved proposals to amalgamate St Michael's Grammar, St Mary's High and St Paul's Junior High to form a new non-selective post-primary voluntary grammar school in Lurgan.
Commenting on the decision, Mr O’Dowd said: “My approval of these proposals represents a hugely significant and positive step forward for post-primary education in the Lurgan area. The evidence, both local and international, is clear, mixed ability schooling can deliver better outcomes for everyone. The top education systems around the world combine excellence with equality of access.
“The time has come to take decisive action to end the outdated practice of selecting on the basis of ability. I commend the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools for putting forward this progressive proposal.
“All post-primary schools now offer access to the same broad-based curriculum and the Entitlement Framework ensures that all pupils have access to a wide range of courses to meet their future career needs and aspirations. Under the current Dickson Plan, pupils are divided up in the interests of institutions, not the children they are there to serve. Established friendships are split up and young people have their confidence crushed for no reason other than an arbitrary decision made on their future path. I cannot allow this to continue and I welcome the CCMS proposal.
“There is now real momentum gathering in favour of educating all children together and I welcome this gradual, but distinct, shift in opinion. This amalgamation will secure high quality education for all for generations to come.”
The Minister added: “The new amalgamated grammar school will cater for up to 1,750 pupils and operate initially on a split site basis. I have, however, previously announced plans to build a new school on a single site and work is progressing on the business case to make this a reality. Today’s decision moves those plans a significant step forward.
“I thank and pay tribute to everyone connected with the three schools for all their hard work and dedication over many years and wish them the very best for the future as they look to an exciting new chapter for education in Lurgan.”
- Published on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 12:49
- Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:02
On Friday 14th St Mary’s canteen held a special heart themed day to raise awareness for the British Heart Foundation. The canteen was decorated in red and heart shaped food was served.
- Published on Monday, 24 February 2014 11:56
Year 8/9/10 pupils had a great day at
- Published on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:45
Well done to 9F who participated in the Trade fair in Rushmere Shopping Centre in February. Big Congratulations to Wee Minnies who won 1st place in their category. Well done to all our future entrepreneurs.