Alliance overjoyed Bangor Schools vote for Integrated Status

North Down Alliance representatives have expressed their joy after news was received both Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College and Rathmore Primary School voted overwhelmingly to transform to Integrated Status.

Stephen Farry Andrew Muir Connie Egan Integrated Education

Commenting on the matter, Stephen Farry MP remarked “News parents of both Bangor Academy and Rathmore Primary School have voted in big numbers to transform the Schools to Integrated Status is a positive and progressive step towards a future where all our children are educated together.
I would like to commend all those involved, especially the parents who have got involved, pupils, staff and visionary leadership at both educational establishments including Principal Matthew Pitts at Bangor Academy and Julie Hardy at Rathmore Primary who have secured massive mandate for transformation to Integrated Status.
Andrew Muir MLA stated “As a member of the Board of Governors of Rathmore Primary I am overjoyed and elated to learn parents have voted by such a large margin to make the move to Integrated Status. With Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College Northern Ireland's largest school voting for integration, this sends out a strong message well beyond Bangor and is most encouraging. This is a critical step for both North Down and Northern Ireland”
Connie Egan MLA remarked “The strong level of support of transformation demonstrates the solid public support in favour of Integrated Education with two significant schools now making the move evidencing benefit of Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong’s Integrated Education Act passed last year. The ballot results now trigger a journey along the road towards formal transformation to Integrated Status which I will work hard to support in the time ahead as we look to a fantastic future for both Schools.”