Integrated schools will grow to meet demand

Congratulations to four integrated schools which have been told that they can increase their pupil population and meet demand for integrated education in their area.  The Department of Education has approved development proposals from Lagan College, Parkhall Integrated College, Hazelwood College and Killyleagh Integrated Primary School.

Integrated schools will grow to meet demandThe expansion of these schools means more places in integrated settings for children of all ages from pre-school to post-GCSE.

Lagan College, the first planned integrated school in Northern Ireland, will be able to increase its intake at 6th form, allowing more students to continue at the school for A levels and equivalent qualifications.

Parkhall Integrated College is to establish a 6th form for the first time from September this year, or as soon afterwards as possible. The college is to move into a new building in the new academic year after several years operating over a split site. The school is expected to collaborate with neighbouring Antrim Grammar School to offer a full range of subjects to post-16 students.

The development at Hazelwood IC will see the College increase its admission to Year 8 by 20 pupils, eventually bringing the total enrolment to 1100.

The Department has also approved Killyleagh Integrated Primary School’s proposal to open a 26 –place nursery from September this year.  The nursery will operate part-time, offering funded places and much-needed pre-school provision in the area.

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