Clintyclay Primary School in County Tyrone is the first school in Northern Ireland’s Catholic Maintained sector to seek to become formally integrated. The Minister for Education, John O’Dowd, is currently considering a development proposal for Clintyclay PS to transform, although at the same time, under area plans, the CCMS has submitted a development proposal for the school’s closure.
Campaigners are hopeful that the case for transformation is a strong one. The school was founded in 1893 and although its enrolment falls below the sustainable threshold set by DENI for rural primaries, the enrolment has remained steady. In addition, the school has been identified as meeting all other sustainability criteria such as playing an important role in the local community. Other primary schools nearby are full and the population of Dungannon district is growing. (more…)Read More