Coleraine schools set to merge

Coleraine High School.MARK JAMIESON
Coleraine High School.MARK JAMIESON

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved the amalgamation of Coleraine Academical Institution and Coleraine High School, and an increase in enrolment at Coleraine College.

Commenting on the decisions, Mr O’Dowd said: “I commend the North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB), the Trustees of Coleraine Academical Institution, the schools and all the stakeholders involved on the significant work, debate and discussion which led to an agreed area solution and the subsequent publication of these proposals.

“These proposals put the needs of the pupils first in determining the future of post-primary school provision, rather than the needs of individual institutions. I recognise that two long-established schools will discontinue and will amalgamate to establish a new school and I commend all involved in providing an effective solution for all the children of the area.”

The Minister has also approved a development proposal to increase enrolment at Coleraine College. He said: “I have agreed to increase the enrolment at Coleraine College on a phased basis from 2015 up to 900 pupils. In addition, the Board will continue to support the College to raise standards at the school and to ensure the educational needs of the children are met. I have asked the NEELB to keep me informed of the progress on the appointment of a new Principal and of the plans for the future development of the school.”