Positive inspection report for Crumlin

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The board of Crumlin Integrated College has welcomed an inspectors’ report that showed significant improvements.

The school has been in formal intervention for more than four years because of problems in its performance and management.

Inspectors found much improved exam results, which are now above average.

They said significant progress had been made on developing pupils’ personal and social skills. The majority of lessons are now said to be consistently very good.

The  Inspectors  commented  favorably  on  the  present  senior  leadership  in  the  school stating  that: “The  stable  leadership  arrangements  have  enabled  the  process  for  self evaluation  to  become  embedded  and  to  bring  about  further  improvements  across  the school.”

The Inspectors noted that the school provided a broad and balanced curriculum, delivered by  specialist  teachers,  appropriate  to  the  needs  of  the  pupils  and  satisfying  the entitlement framework.

A highly critical report in 2010 led to the suspension of the head teacher for retraining.

The school has only 133 pupils, but the number entering the school this year is likely to be double the nine it took in last year.

Although it was proposed for closure in 2013, it was given a reprieve to allow work on setting up a new school under joint Catholic and education board management.

Consultation is ongoing and parents at local primary schools are being asked if they would support such a school.

The current senior teacher in charge, Lynda McGarry, said: “This report officially recognises the journey travelled and is testament to the professionalism and hard work of all the staff.”

Chairman of the board of governors, Stanley Smith, said: “The school is now very clearly fit for purpose in terms of serving the Crumlin community, and we now look to the support of that community as we seek to ensure the future of the school.”

Local MLA Danny Kinahan said: “I would make a very heartfelt plea to any parent who is looking for a quality post­primary education in Crumlin to take a hard and considered look at the ethos and success of the College on their doorstep.

“They make a huge contribution to community life, pastoral care is exemplary and educational standards ­by any measure are ‘good’.”

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