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Minister approves integrated status for Ballymoney Primary School

17 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has approved a development proposal for Ballymoney Model Primary School to transform to controlled integrated status with effect from 1 September 2009.

Explaining the reasons for her decision Ms Ruane said:

"Each development proposal is carefully considered based upon all of the available information and taking account of the statutory duty to facilitate and encourage integrated education. Ballymoney Model Primary School, with the support of both the North-Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) and the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE), has undertaken a considerable amount of work in preparing this proposal and this is to be commended. The school had an enrolment last year of 296 pupils and is sustainable for the future. There is interest in integrated education in this area and I believe that this school should be given the opportunity to transform successfully to integrated status." ENDS

Notes to Editors

The North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) published Development Proposal No 240 on 3 April 2008 proposing to transform Ballymoney Model Primary School to controlled integrated status with effect from 1 September 2009 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Approval is conditional upon the school fully implementing its Transformation Action Plan and to achieving the requisite minimum Year 1 intake of 10% from the minority religion, in this instance Catholic.

Ballymoney Model Primary School is a co-educational controlled primary school. The total 2007/08 enrolment was 296.

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