Slemish Integrated College is celebrating the news that they will be able to offer more places to families seeking integrated education when the new terms starts in September.
The Department of Education has approved the College’s development proposal to increase its numbers in response to local demand. Slemish IC will now be enrolling 140 students in Year 8 from September 2017, an additional 20 pupils, allowing for further year-on-year expansion. This means that some of the P7 children who chose Slemish College but were disappointed earlier this year now have the opportunity go to their first preference school. In addition, the post-GCSE provision will increase from 60 places to 90 places.
Slemish IC was established in 1996, and has been consistently oversubscribed, with waiting lists for pupils across every year group. The additional places will let the school increase from a five-form to a six-form intake, with lower average class sizes. The school also intends to take the opportunity to offer a wider curriculum.
The announcement from the DE follows the news earlier this year that three other integrated colleges will be allowed to expand: Hazelwood IC; Parkhall IC and Lagan College.
In addition, Killyleagh Integrated Primary School, which became formally integrated last September through the official transformation process, has been granted permission to establish a nursery. Bridge IPS and Enniskillen IPS have, however, been disappointed in their bids to develop nursery provision for local families seeking an integrated setting.
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