The Integrated Education Fund was delighted with the strong parental support for integration at Glengormley High School, where a ballot has returned a resounding “Yes” vote for the school to begin the journey of working towards achieving integrated status.
Principal Ricky Massey declared himself thrilled with the result and thanked parents for their support and engagement in the process. Commenting on the next steps, he said,
“The Board of Governors, leadership and staff are delighted with the overwhelmingly positive outcome from our parental ballot and a very strong message of ‘Yes’ for integration.”
IEF staff worked with colleagues in the NI Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) to engage with and inform parents and support the school as it prepared for the ballot, which is the first stage in the process officially known as ‘transformation’.
Ricky Massey continued:
“I would like to thank our parents for supporting Glengormley High School in its journey. Over the past two years the school has put some remarkable changes in place. The future is looking very promising for our school and the surrounding community as we prepare for educating all pupils together where they can learn, play and grow as one.
We have a diverse school community and this is a natural step for us to take. Working closely with our staff and partners, we will now begin the process of developing our development plan for transformation, for the Minister’s approval.”
Welcoming the news, IEF Chief Executive Tina Merron said:
“This is a fantastic endorsement from the Glengormley High School community for the model of education which brings children of all backgrounds, beliefs and traditions to learn alongside each other – and from each other. There is now the potential to offer hundreds more integrated school places to families in the Newtownabbey and north Belfast area to meet the evident demand.”
Carl Frampton MBE visited the school last week to show his support for the move towards becoming integrated. As a past pupil and patron of NICIE he expressed his absolute delight with the ballot result, “Integrated Education is something I have talked about for a long time, I believe it is the way forward for kids here. In some ways, Northern Ireland has moved ahead and in others it has stood still, that’s why I’m so passionate about supporting the development of integrated education in any way I can.”
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