Congratulations for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

We would like to congratulate the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on the announcement of their winning the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. This is wonderful news for a very deserved winner who has worked tirelessly for peace and international cooperation for his country.

NICIE were both thrilled and humbled to have been nominated. We would like to pass on our sincere thanks to those who took time and consideration in officially nominating us. From the list of confirmed nominations we were included with some fantastic organisations and individuals, each well-deserved nominees in their own right. Whilst winning would have been fantastic, the nomination acknowledges the dedication and great effort of so many incredible people over the last 38 years in the development of Integrated Education in Northern Ireland. For that alone we are tremendously grateful.

The nomination has in itself given Integrated Education even greater visibility in and beyond NI. A fantastic platform to continue to promote and build a better future for young people from all backgrounds, beliefs and traditions through education.

New-Bridge IC celebrates ICT success

Mr Paul Campbell, past governor and grandson Kian received a warm welcome to New-Bridge Integrated College this week to present the Darran Campbell Memorial Shield for BTEC ICT.  Darran attended New-Bridge Integrated College from 1997 to 2003.  Paul is a tireless promoter of integrated education and served as a governor of New-Bridge Integrated College for 20 years.

We would like to congratulate Rio Stewart, the first recipient of the award for GCSE BTEC ICT, as well as the entire college on their examination successes. We wish everyone sucess in their future endeavours.


Left to right – Mr Paul Campbell, Darran’s son Kian, Rio Stewart (recipient), Mrs Anne Anderson (Principal)

Fresh Start support for Integrated Education

Back in 2016 Stormont House and Fresh Start Agreement funds were allocated through the Department of Education to enable school to plan for potential new buildings or refurbishments. This has begun to benefit schools within Integrated Education who have been able to access support which will potentially lead to investment in new buildings or refurbishing existing buildings to meet increased demand for integrated education. 

You can find more information here, including how some schools have benefited.

Strangford Integrated College are hoping to benefit as well, and you can read about the consultation process here, while New-Bridge Integrated College also hope to benefit with information available here

New-Bridge Integrated College GCSE Results

EXCELLENT GCSE RESULTS AT New-Bridge Integrated College

Another successful year for New-Bridge students as 100% of students at New-Bridge Integrated College achieved 5 GCSEs with over 90% of our year 12 students achieving 5A*-C grades. The school is delighted to report that our 5A*-C grades including English and Maths has increased by 20% on 2018 results so it is great to see such a high percentage of our students secure A*-C grades in English and Maths. “We are delighted by the outstanding results achieved by our students who consistently outperform the targets set for non-selective secondary schools across Northern Ireland”. Our 5 A*-C including English and Maths are amongst the best results New-Bridge has ever achieved, and there is much to celebrate!” A huge well done to our GCSE Boys who this year have equaled the performance of our girls, which goes against the trends in similar schools. 

Our students have worked hard to achieve A*/A grades across a broad range of subjects offered at the college with over 50% of our pupils achieving these top grades in subjects such as Art, Child Development, Construction, Creative Media, Design Technology, Drama, English Language, English Literature, Countryside & Environment, Geography, History, ICT, Maths, Further Maths, PE, Polish, RE, Science and Sport. We are delighted to report that even with the revised GCSE grading system, our students are still achieving the top A* grade in such a range of subjects.  The school was thrilled to welcome the BBC Film Crew to join in our community celebration on GCSE results day; our pupils spoke confidently and proudly about their many achievements on camera.  A proud day for the school!

The Principal, Anne Anderson said, “I am so proud of these exceptional results. It is gratifying that the effort and determination of our pupils have been rewarded.   I would like to thank all of the staff for their hard work, and for going the extra mile to make this possible. We also thank the teachers within the Banbridge Area Learning schools who have contributed to the pupils’ success, through delivering Collaborative Courses.  Our innovative curriculum design provides our students with a broad range of GCSE courses which suit a range of learning styles and this balance of traditional and vocational courses have enabled all our students to celebrate success at all levels; we are delighted that their GCSE grades now provide them with progression routes, whether that be returning to New-Bridge to study 3 or 4 A Levels; or to progress to SRC and SERC to follow a more specialised vocational route.  As an integrated all ability school New-Bridge places a special emphasis on each student achieving their full academic potential. So congratulations to all our GCSE pupils – we are very proud of their achievements. We look forward to wonderful success for many of students joining our vibrant sixth form but also wish those students well who are progressing to further education.

We appreciate the ongoing support our parents have shown in working with the college to create strong partnerships, which have been key in helping our students achieve their full potential – the partnership between home and school has been vital.

We wish all our students the very best of luck with their future studies and thank our parents for their continued support over the years and we look forward to welcoming both parents and pupils back to school for our Senior Prize-giving on Thursday 12th September 7 pm where they will all be formally congratulated on their results.

Well done New-Bridge Class of 2019…

Mrs A Anderson

GCSE Success at Hazelwood College

GCSE Success at Hazelwood College

Hazelwood Integrated College students should be extremely proud of their GCSE achievements today with 91% of students obtaining 5 or more GCSE grades A* – C. This figure is well above the Northern Ireland Average of 77.3% for non-selective schools and again places the College in the DENI Upper Quartile. The percentage of students achieving 5 or more GCSEs including English and Maths remains consistently high and also in the DENI Upper Quartile for comparable schools.

Today’s amazing set of results is evidence of the hard work from the students, the ongoing support from the parents/guardians and the continued professionalism and dedication from our Teachers.  This success continues our improvement journey to become one of the top non-selective schools in Northern Ireland.

Among top achieving subjects are English Literature, ICT, Art, Engineering, Health & Social Care, Princes Trust, Moving Image Arts, History, Business, Sports Studies, Travel & Tourism and Personal & Social Development.

Amongst the top achieving students were Sam McClelland, Lilli McCourt, Deaglan Cleary, Natasha Cooke, Emma Getgood, James Houston & Jack Marshall.

Principal, Máire Thompson, congratulated the pupils on their hard work and well-deserved success: “I share in the pride of so many parents and guardians as I congratulate our Year 12 pupils and their fantastic GCSE results. I would also like to commend the efforts of all of the pastoral staff, especially the Year Tutors, who have provided the individual care and attention that has enabled so many of our pupils to meet and, in many cases, exceed their personal targets.  The breadth of opportunities now open to our pupils proves that hard work brings its own rewards and I wish them all the best.” 

With this outstanding set of GCSE results Hazelwood Integrated College look forward to welcoming these pupils to Post 16 in order to build on this excellent foundation for A level studies.