Education Minister John O'Dowd has approved the development proposal to allow Mallusk Primary to become a controlled integrated school.
The change will take effect from 1 September 2015.
Commenting on his decision, Mr O’Dowd said:
“I take my duty to encourage and facilitate the development of integrated education seriously and I will make decisions to meet the demand for provision whenever a proposal is robust and in the best interests of the children.
The evidence suggests that following transformation Mallusk Primary School is likely to attract sufficient numbers of pupils to help meet the demand for integrated education in the area.
There are two alternative integrated primary schools within four miles. One is oversubscribed and the other has an increasing enrolment trend and a small number of unfilled places at Year 1.
This approval to change the status of the school to controlled integrated is the start of the transformation process and I trust the school and all those involved will work to ensure the successful transformation of the school and to ensure its viability.”
Notes to editors:
- On 30 September 2014 the former North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) published a Development Proposal (DP) 296 proposing the transformation of Mallusk Primary School from controlled to controlled integrated status from 1 September 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.
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