Parents at Carrickfergus Central Primary School have voted overwhelmingly to take the school on the path to becoming officially integrated.

The school’s principal and board took the step of balloting parents after they found evident interest in integration among the school community. The vote (run by the Electoral Reform Services between February 11-25 2019) showed 86 per cent support for integration through the process known as “transformation.”

Mr Ian Baxter, Chairman of the Board of Governors and Mrs Nuala Hall, Principal were delighted by the results of the Parental Ballot. Mrs Hall said, “Carrickfergus Central Primary has always had an intake of pupils from all Christian denominations, other faiths as well as no faith and as such has been naturally integrated. We now have an opportunity to formalise this arrangement through Transformation to Controlled Integrated Status. The support we have received from parents, staff and members of the local community has been very encouraging.”

Commenting on the result, Tina Merron, CEO of the Integrated Education Fund, said: “Congratulations to everyone at Carrickfergus Central Primary – the next steps on the school’s journey will be enriching and exciting.  Parents have been consulted and made their preference clear, echoing the evidence from successive opinion polls over many years. In the face of this overwhelming evidence, isn’t it time that planning authorities were more active in growing integrated education to meet this demand?”

Parents around NI can express their support for their own school to become officially integrated on the Integrate My School platform: integratemyschool.com

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