A level Success at Hazelwood College

Hazelwood Integrated College is celebrating amazing success at A level with a fantastic 83% achieving 3 A*-C. In what has been a very difficult year for our students, we are extremely proud of their achievements.

Top performing students include Emma Getgood who achieved an A* in English Literature, an A* in Media Studies, an A in Health & Social Care and an A in Religion and is off to Lancaster University to study History, Kyle Scott achieved an A* in Business, an A* in Public Services and an A in Sport. Another notable performance came from Jessica Orr who achieved an A in Health & Social Care, a B in Media Studies and a B in Photography and is off to Queens University to study Broadcasting. This year the College has noted the highest ever number of students with university offers across a wide range of universities and subject areas.

A number of Hazelwood students, including Alisha Ellis, have been fortunate to secure scholarships to support their university studies, Alisha achieved an A* in Health & Social Care, an A* in ICT and an A* in Travel & Tourism and has secured a place at Ulster University studying Social Policy & Criminology.

Another Hazelwood star is Holly Otter who achieved an A* in Business, an A in Public Services and an A in Sports Studies and is off to the University of Derby to study sports coaching, having just signed a contract with Derby County Womens football team!

Results this year have been good across the whole curriculum with traditional subjects such as English Literature, Art, Health & Social Care, Business, Moving Image Arts and Drama achieving 100% success at grades A*-C. Other courses such as Construction, Travel & Tourism, Hospitality and Public Services have also had 100% success.

Principal, Máire Thompson is delighted with the results, “I am so proud of all our students, this year more than ever they have shown so much resilience and determination and their hard work has paid off. In such a difficult year I would also like to commend our teaching staff, support staff and the wider educational community for going above and beyond for our students”.

Call for Tenders.

Call for Tenders:
Communication and Public Relations for the 40th Anniversary of Integrated Education
Led by the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education is seeking to appoint a suitable agency to support communication and public relations activity relating to the 40th Anniversary of Integrated Education.

September 2021 will mark 40 years since the founding of the first Integrated School, Lagan College who opened their doors in September 1981 with 28 children in temporary premises. By September 2021 there will be 68 Integrated schools enrolling approximately 25,000 children. Across 40 years, we have seen pupil growth of approximately 89,000% with every school either opened by groups of parents or Transformed to Integrated status through parental ballot. Integrated Education is a story about hope in the face of separation and that by intentionally bringing people together we could deliver a quality education and contribute to peace and reconciliation. The Council for Integrated Education believe this an accomplishment worth celebrating.

As part of a movement wide Steering group, the Council for Integrated Education are playing the lead coordination role in promoting the 40th anniversary, which will run throughout the 21/22 academic year (September 21 -June 22). We have secured funding from the Irish Department for Foreign Affairs’ ‘Reconciliation Fund’ which will financially support a number of events and initiatives. Through resource creation, events and promotional activities, the Anniversary will enable Integrated Education to be celebrated and learned from, as well as promoting reconciliation across our education system and society at large.

The Council for Integrated Education are seeking to engage the services of a professional PR & Communications agency to ensure that the Anniversary year reaches as far ranging an audience as possible. We want to maximise on the growing public debate and interest in Integrated Education utilising a multi-media approach.

For more information please contact us via admin@nicie.org.uk to request the full pack.

First Integrated Nursery School approved by Minister

10 June, 2021

First Integrated Nursery School approved by Education Minister.

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) welcomes the announcement from the Department of Education that Brefne Nursery School, Belfast has been successful in their proposal to Transform to Integrated status. Brefne Nursery School become the first Nursery School to Transform to Integrated status.

NICIE CEO Roisin Marshall at Early Years and Foundation Stage – Summer Conference – 30th August 2018

Photograph by Declan Roughan

Chief Executive Officer of NICIE, Roisin Marshall stated: “This is a big achievement for Brefne Nursery School as they become the first freestanding Integrated Nursery School. We offer warm congratulations to the whole school community. They not only supported children and families through the pandemic, but also finalised their proposal for submission to the Minister. It is great to see their hard work pay off”.


Principal of Brefne Nursery School, Mrs Victoria McGimpsey stated: “…We are extremely proud to be the first Nursery School to transform and believe this marks a bright and exciting future for nursery education in Northern Ireland. At Brefne Nursery our focus is always the children. They are at the centre of everything we do. We have always encouraged children & families to come together to celebrate their differences in the hope that we are giving the children a positive beginning to their lifelong educational journey, both inside and outside of the school building. We cannot thank everyone enough who has supported and guided us throughout this process and look forward to sharing the celebrations with all involved over the coming weeks”.

The Chairperson of Brefne N.S Board of Governors, Mrs Elaine Crozier added: “This is the formal recognition of the complexion of our school community, which has seen children of all backgrounds being educated together for the past 50 years. It is a great reward for decades of hard work and a marvellous way to end the school year”.

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) has been providing support alongside the Integrated Education Fund to Brefne Nursery School since 2018, leading to the proposal being published by the Department of Education in March 2021.

The 1989 Education Reform (NI) Order contains the legislation that enables a school to Transform to Integrated status. Originally, this did not include Nursery Schools until the Education (NI) Order 1998 changed this position. The proposal submitted by Brefne NS represents the first time the amended legislation has been utilised. Roisin Marshall outlined the significance of this landmark decision: “It is often stated that pre-school provision is open to children of all backgrounds. However, we know from the statistics that there are high levels of separation across the system. The recent ‘Fair Start’ report has again highlighted the importance of early years provision in supporting our children and young people’s attainment. We believe that early years’ settings that intentionally educate children together to learn about diversity and inclusion will provide a firm foundation for our children as they move through education and beyond. Many of our Integrated Primary Schools include successful Nursery Units or have a playgroup attached to them. We warmly welcome the first Integrated Nursery School and look forward to learning together for a shared society”.

Brefne N.S will Transform to Integrated status from September 2021, with 26 places available for children in the local community. They join Seaview P.S, Glenarm, Carrickfergus Central P.S and Harding Memorial P.S who have all been approved by the Minister this year. Bangor Central Nursery School are also seeking to Transform, with their proposal currently out for public consultation.

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.