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Lavery welcomes town support for integrated education

Alliance Lurgan Councillor Peter Lavery has welcomed results of a recent poll which showed nearly 70 per cent of parents in the town would support their local school becoming integrated.

The Lurgan Area Micro-Poll, commissioned by the Integrated Education Fund, showed 69.7 per cent of parents in Lurgan would support a move to integrated status, with over 42 per cent unaware of the transformation process. In addition, almost 67 per cent of parents support a root and branch review of the entire education system.

“The results of the poll show an integrated primary school within Lurgan would be viable and there would be strong support from local parents if an existing school sought to transform,” said Councillor Lavery.

“It is further encouraging so many parents support a complete review of our education system, which Alliance has long advocated. We need to deliver the reform backed by such a review to ensure high quality education is delivered for all.

“I would encourage the principals of all primary schools within Lurgan to take on board the growing demand for integrated education within the town and discuss the issue at their next board of governors and parent-teacher associations meetings.

“For years now, there have been moves to encourage a primary school in the town to transform and now it looks like the right moment for one to do so.”