Sion Mills Says Yes to Integration.

Co. L/Derry school

Parents at Sion Mills Primary School have voted overwhelmingly in favour of beginning the process of Transformation to Integrated status.

All parents were eligible to vote in the ballot, with (69%) of parents casting a vote.  (98.7%) voted yes to Integrated status in the school, providing a resounding endorsement for their future plans.



“Sion Mills Primary School has had a long history of serving all parts of the community in the village and surrounding area, inclusivity has been part of out ethos for over 150 years. The natural next step for the school was to seek to formally integrate through the Transformation process" "In everything we do as a school, we put the children and families first. We’d like to thank the parents for pointing they way forward. We know through experience that learning together in an inclusive environment, even from this young age, is what is best for all children. ”

— Oonagh from Sion Mills Principal

The ballots were carried out by Civica Election Services, and every adult registered as a parent or guardian was eligible to vote in confidence on the school’s future.

The next step will be compiling development proposals, which will be submitted to the Department of Education. The Minister for Education will then make the final decision.

Almost every school in the country can apply to Transform to Integrated Status and the parental ballot is the first step in this journey. The IEF provides advice and support for parents, staff and Governors considering taking the first steps to Integrated education.