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St. Malachy’s and St. Olcan’s High Schools to amalgamate

Monday, March 6, 2006

A proposal to amalgamate St. Malachy’s High School in Antrim and St. Olcan’s High School in Randalstown has been agreed by Angela Smith the Education Minister for Northern Ireland.

A proposal to amalgamate St. Malachy’s High School in Antrim and St. Olcan’s High School in Randalstown has been agreed by Angela Smith the Education Minister for Northern Ireland.

The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) has been engaged in a process of consultation and discussion with the Trustees, Governors, Principals, staff and parents of St. Malachy’s and St. Olcan’s High School over the last year, with regards to the future viability of both schools. During this period all avenues and options were discussed and explored.

A decline in pupil numbers leading to staff redundancies, less curricular choice and increasing financial difficulties have led to this decision.  The Trustees of both schools and CCMS will now work towards implementing the decision which the Minister has taken.

The Trustees and CCMS regard this decision as a significant step towards providing effective education for the young people in the area, but acknowledge that the amalgamation of the schools will have an impact upon staff, pupils, parents and the local community. In light of this, representatives from CCMS will continue to engage in discussion with all interested parties to ensure that suitable arrangements will be made to effectively manage the process in the interests of the young people and all staff involved.

For further information please contact

Paul O’Connor

Communications Officer

Telephone      028 9039 3891

Mobile           078 1220 7172

Email             paulo’connor@ccmsschools.com

Notes to Editors

About CCMS

  • The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) is the advocate for the Catholic Maintained schools sector in Northern Ireland.
  • Established under the auspices of 1989 Education Reform (Northern Ireland) Order, the Council’s primary purpose is the provision of an upper tier of management for the Catholic Maintained Sector with the primary objective of raising standards in Catholic Maintained Schools.
  • CCMS represents trustees, schools and governors on issues such as raising and maintaining standards, the school estate and teacher employment.
  • CCMS is the largest employer of teachers in Northern Ireland(8500 teachers).
  • CCMS plays a central role in supporting teachers whether through its welfare service or for example in working parties such as the Independent Inquiry into Teacher Pay and Conditions of Service.
  • CCMS supports trustees in the provision of school buildings and governors and principals in the effective management and control of schools.
  • CCMS also has a wider role within the Northern Ireland Education sector and contributes with Education partners to policy on a wide range of issues such as curriculum review, selection, pre-school education, pastoral care and leadership.