Northern Ireland

Crumlin Integrated School gets positive inspection report

The board of the troubled Crumlin Integrated College has welcomed an inspectors' report that showed significant improvements.

The school has been in formal intervention for more than four years because of problems in its performance and management.

Inspectors found much improved exam results, which are now above average.

They said significant progress had been made on developing pupils' personal and social skills.

The majority of lessons are now said to be consistently very good.

There have been major reductions in detentions and suspensions and improved attendance rates.

A highly critical report in 2010 led to the suspension of the head teacher for retraining.

There were protests when the principal was due to return, and she is now absent on sick leave.

The school has only 133 pupils, but the number entering the school this year is likely to be double the nine it took in last year.

Although it was proposed for closure in 2013, it was given a reprieve to allow for work on setting up a new school under joint Catholic and education board management.

Consultation is ongoing and parents at local primary schools are being asked if they would support such a school.

The current senior teacher in charge, Lynda McGarry, said: "This report officially recognises the journey travelled and is testament to the professionalism and hard work of all the staff."

The chairman of the board of governors, Stanley Smith, said: "The school is now very clearly fit for purpose in terms of serving the Crumlin community, and we now look to the support of that community as we seek to ensure the future of the school."

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