Ballycastle school praised by the Education Minister

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Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has congratulated Ballycastle school which has, he says, been successfully breaking the link between social disadvantage and educational attainment.

Ballycastle High School, one of eleven schools highlighted as examples of good practice in an Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) report published on Thursday, has relatively high levels of free school meal entitlement yet have achieved good results in English and mathematics at GCSE level.

The Minister said: “The 11 schools surveyed have been raising their pupils’ aspirations, delivering good results in the key subject areas of English and mathematics and are helping individual children fulfil their potential.

“These 11 schools are to be congratulated on the excellent work they have been doing to deliver educational improvements and their experiences can inform and assist other schools deliver similar improvements.

“The ETI will be using this report as a basis to support other schools in the drive to boost educational outcomes.”