School first Catholic grammar to end selection

Acadmic selection

Related Stories

One of Northern Ireland's top performing Catholic grammar schools is abandoning academic selection.

Loreto College in Coleraine will move to admit children of all academic abilities from 2012 or 2013.

They will not be using an entrance exam at age 11 to decide which children they will select.

Principal Brian Lenehan said the school's board of governors believed it was the right decision.

He said the school was confident it would retain its high academic standards.

Under the new selection criteria, he said the school would be keen to retain its links with its traditional feeder primaries and the community.

The school is the first to choose voluntarily to end entrance testing.

It also become the first to respond positively to a call by the Catholic Church that all its grammar schools phase out 11-plus style exams.

The Catholic Principals' Association which represents primary and post-primary Catholic principals in NI has backed the school's decision.

Loreto principal Brian Lenehan Loreto principal Brian Lenehan

CPA chair Seamus Quinn said: "Loreto has followed the moral and spiritual guidance provided by the Commission for Catholic Education (NICCE).

"Their decision is an important step and it directly challenges those claiming that Catholic schools are based upon rejection.

"All children are welcomed to experience academic excellence and personal fulfilment within Catholic schools.

"Rejection of any kind runs contrary to our Catholic ethos."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Northern Ireland stories

RSS

Features

  • Bad resultsBlame game

    The best excuses to use when exam results don't make the grade


  • Police respond to a shooting in Santa MonicaTrigger decision

    What really happens before a police officer fires his gun?


  • Child injured by what activists say were two air strikes in the north-eastern Damascus suburb of Douma (3 August 2014)'No-one cares'

    Hope fades for Syrians one year after chemical attack


  • Lady AlbaGoing Gaga Watch

    Social media's use ahead of the independence referendum


  • Pro Israel activists hold a banner reading 'Against Anti-Semitism and hate of Israel' at a demonstration as part of Quds Day in Berlin, Germany, 25 July 2014'Rising tide'

    Do statistics support claims that anti-Semitism is increasing?


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.