04 June 2005

BBC

Primary gets integrated go-ahead



One of the oldest primary schools in Derry has been granted integrated status.

Groarty Primary School on Coshquin Road was established in 1865 and has a current enrolment of 47 pupils.

Education Minister Angela Smith said it was a "long established" school and added that she wished it well for the future.

The integrated education movement wants to have Protestant and Catholic children educated together.

Integrated education has been promoted as a way to break down Northern Ireland's sectarian divisions.

In a report in 2004, Queen's University in Belfast and the University of Ulster, said there was a demand for integrated education among young people.

The Voices Behind the Statistics report studied young people's views of sectarianism.

The first integrated school in Northern Ireland, Lagan College, was established in Belfast in 1981.

There are more than 57 integrated schools in the province.


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