Parents vote “Yes” for Integrated Education at Glengormley High School
Glengormley High School is celebrating the fantastic outcome of their recent parental ballot which has resulted in a resounding “Yes” from parents for the school to begin the journey of working towards achieving integrated status.
Principal Ricky Massey is thrilled with the result and thanked parents for their support and engagement in the process. Commenting on the next steps, he said, ‘The Board of Governors, leadership and staff are delighted with the overwhelmingly positive outcome from our parental ballot and a very strong message of ‘Yes’ for integration.
‘Over the past two years the school has put some remarkable changes in place. Together with staff, the support of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE), the Integrated Fund (IEF) and the Education Authority (EA), we aim to drive improvements even further. The future is looking very promising for our school and the surrounding community as we prepare for educating all pupils together where they can learn, play and grow as one.
‘I would like to express my sincere thanks to our parents for their part in supporting us to plan for the direction of travel for Glengormley High and furthering the development of our school improvement journey. My staff and I will continue to work hard to further strengthen our school and build on the great results that we have all achieved to date. We have a diverse school community and this is a natural step for us to take. Working closely with our staff and partners, we will now begin the process of developing our Case for Change and Transformation Action Plan for putting forward to the Minister for approval.’
Carl Frampton MBE visited the school last week to show his support for the move towards becoming integrated. As a past pupil and patron of NICIE he expressed his absolute delight with the ballot result, “Integrated Education is something I have talked about for a long time, I believe it is the way forward for kids here. In some ways, Northern Ireland has moved ahead and in others it has stood still, that’s why I’m so passionate about supporting the development of Integrated Education in any way I can.”
For additional information on this great news please also see this press release