Board sets out plans for post primary schools
THE North Eastern Education and Library Board has set out its plans for the future of post primary education provision in the Antrim borough.
The Board launched a consultation into secondary school provision on Friday, with local people being given their chance to have their say.
Under the consultation document, four options are available, the first of which would see post primary education in Antrim remain as it is.
This would see Antrim Grammar School continue as a controlled grammar school with the capacity for 740 pupils, while Parkhall Integrated College would remain a controlled secondary school with the capacity for 735 pupils.
St Benedict’s College in Randalstown would remain a maintained secondary with the capacity for 500 pupils.
Options two, three and four, are identical where Antrim Grammar School is concerned.
The three options would each see Antrim Grammar School continue to be an 11-19 co-educational school and will increase its Year 8 enrolment figure by 13 pupils per year taking its enrolment to 805 pupils.
Under options two, three and four, Parkhall College Parkhall Controlled Integrated College should become an 11-19 co-educational school.
The three options state that capacity will need to be expanded on several sites as a result.
Options two, three and four would also see additional post-16 provision in Antrim, which would be offered as jointly managed and governed provision incorporating Antrim Grammar School and Parkhall Controlled Integrated College.
Where St Benedict’s College is concerned, under options two, three and four, the school would establish a partnership wtih St Louis Grammar School and St Patrick’s College in Ballymena in which the three schoos would work together on a staged progression leading to the creation of one school for the area with St Louis leading this development with a combined capacity of 1,950 pupils.
The Board’s Senior Education Officer, Mr Ray Gilbert, said: “I have been delighted with the excellent discussions that have taken place as possible options for post primary school provision in these areas have been developed and I look forward to hearing views on these proposals as we aim to shape the education provision for the current and future generations of young people in the Antrim [area].”
This phase of consultation will take place up to the end of October 2012, following which the Board will produce proposals for school provision in each area.
The Board has stressed that mo firm recommendations regarding future provision have yet been made.
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