Carrickfergus Central PS – Minster says ‘Yes’ to Transformation

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) welcomes the announcement from the Department of Education that Carrickfergus Central Primary School has been successful in their proposal to Transform to Integrated status.

Chief Executive Officer of NICIE, Roisin Marshall stated: “We are delighted for Carrickfergus Central PS. The whole school community has put significant work into the Transformation process and the positive decision by the Education Minister validates all their efforts. We look forward to working with them to develop their Integrated ethos and to offering more Integrated places for children and their families in the Carrick area.”

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) has been providing support alongside the Integrated Education Fund to Carrickfergus Central PS since 2017, leading to the proposal being published by the Department of Education in March 2020. On receiving the successful news, Principal of Carrickfergus Central P.S, Ms Nuala Hall stated: “We are delighted with the Minister’s decision. We can now continue to build on our already inclusive ethos and our commitment to welcoming pupils from all backgrounds. Children are at the heart of the school and the school has been at the heart of the local community for the past 68 years. We look forward to providing a quality, inclusive education for the children of this area for the next 68 years and beyond”.

Carrickfergus Central will Transform to Integrated status from September 2021 and will become the second Integrated Primary School in Carrickfergus, alongside Acorn Integrated Primary School which was established in 1992. Families in the town will now be able to avail of over 60 admission places in Integrated Primary Schools each year. Acorn IPS also provide preschool provision through a Nursery Unit and Play Group. To complete the 4-18 years old provision, at Post Primary level, Ulidia Integrated College continues to be oversubscribed, evidencing strong parental demand for Integrated Education in the local area. Ulidia College also look forward to a new building in the near future.

Carrickfergus Central Primary School will become the 31th school to be approved for Transformation to Integrated status since the legislation was created in 1989. NICIE welcomes engagement with schools of any sector or management type that wish to explore how Integrated Education can enable them to build an intentionally diverse, inclusive and sustainable school.