A leading educational campaigner has urged parents to grab ‘this golden opportunity’ to save Crumlin Integrated College from closure and give the school a chance.
Danny Kinahan, the Ulster Unionist Party’s education spokesman, said that it would be a ‘social tragedy’ if the school was to close.
Mr Kinahan said: “There has been a tremendous campaign over the past 18 months to save post primary education in Crumlin, tied into an innovative proposal to set up a new school management structure, which could be an exemplar of ‘shared education.’
“The immediate threat to close the school has been lifted but we are about to enter a crucial phase. The working group are organising a survey of parents from all the potential feeder primary schools for Crumlin Integrated College.
“This is a golden opportunity for local people to say that they will support the retention of a secondary school in Crumlin. Over 1,100 pupils from Crumlin are bussed outside the area for their post primary education. This is not sustainable if Crumlin College is to survive.
“It would be a tragedy if the village lost its local school. I would appeal to parents to give the school a chance.”