Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved a development proposal for Killyleagh Primary School, Co Down, to transform from a controlled primary school to Controlled Integrated.
Commenting on the decision, Minister O’Dowd said:
“I am approving this Development Proposal in line with my statutory duty to encourage and facilitate the development of integrated education.
“I am satisfied that sufficient evidence has been provided to support the transformation. This includes the results of a vote where parents supported the transformation to integrated status. My approval of this proposal gives the school the opportunity to realise a fully integrated ethos and to attract sufficient numbers from both sides of the community.
“I would like to wish Killyleagh Primary School well as it commences a new chapter.”
Notes to editors:
1. On 9 September 2015, the Education Authority published Development Proposal No. 423, proposing the acquisition of controlled integrated status for Killyleagh Primary School, with effect from 1 September 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter.
2. Killyleagh Primary School (PS) is a controlled co-educational primary school situated in the village of Killyleagh, Co.Down.
3. The school has approved admission and enrolment numbers of 25 and 175 respectively.
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