An Extraordinary Turnaround for the College


The latest report from the Inspectorate which classifies the standards at Crumlin Integrated College as being 'Good' has been warmly welcomed by the entire school community. This represents considerable progress for the school; a journey which started over four years ago. Since that time extensive measures have has been put in place to move the school forward  particularly in the achievement of pupils achieving five or more GCSE  grades at A*-C which has improved considerably over the past three years from 39% to 61%: it is now above the average for similar schools. The significant improvement in Mathematics was also evidenced and the quality of the provision is now also 'Good'.

The Inspectors commented favorably on the present senior leadership in the school stating that, “The stable leadership arrangements have enabled the process for self evaluation to become embedded and to bring about further improvements across the school.” They also assessed the quality of the lessons observed as “consistently VERY GOOD.”
The significant reduction in the number of detentions, suspensions, as well as improved rates of attendance, are all indicators of the pupils taking responsibility for their own learning. They were also impressed by the pupils' enthusiasm for integrated and shared education and the manner of which they articulated their opinions.  The pupils also endorsed the significant progress made in the quality of pastoral care as highlighted by the inspectorate who commented, “The serious shortcomings identified originally in the quality of pastoral care in 2010 have been addressed FULLY and have resulted in a purposeful, positive and pupil-centred  ethos.”
The Inspectors noted that the school provided a broad and balanced curriculum, delivered by specialist teachers, appropriate to the needs of the pupils and satisfying the entitlement framework.
Commenting on the report the Senior Teacher in Charge, Mrs Lynda McGarry, said
“We are all delighted at the outcome of this latest Inspection Report. Throughout the process we always endeavoured to provide the children with the very best possible education. This report officially recognises the journey travelled and is testament to the professionalism and hard work of all the staff.”

In endorsing these comments, Mr Stanley Smith MBE, Chair of the Board of Governors commented,
“This report is excellent news. It confirms that the standards in the school are 'Good' and that the quality of the teaching is consistently 'Very Good'.  Great credit is due to our Senior Teacher in Charge, Lynda McGarry, her senior management team and the entire school staff. They have all gone through some difficult times and it is greatly to their credit that they have stuck to the basic task of ensuring that our pupils receive not only a really top class education but are also well prepared to play their part in society generally. The school is now very clearly fit for purpose in terms of serving the Crumlin community and we now look to the support of that community as we seek to ensure the future of the school.”

Mrs Noreen Campbell, Chief Executive Officer NICIE, added,
“Congratulations to the Governors, staff and pupils of Crumlin Integrated College on their excellent inspection report.”

In addition Danny Kinahan, MLA, said,
“I would make a very heartfelt plea to any parent who is looking for a quality post-primary education in Crumlin to take a hard and considered look at the ethos and success of the College on their doorstep.  They make a huge contribution to community life, pastoral care is exemplary and educational standards - by any measure are 'GOOD'.”

A representative from the Crumlin Supports Shared Education reflected,
“The inspection report was independent acknowledgement of what parents already know and experience, the school is not just obtaining fantastic results , and but it is also providing a safe environment for children to flourish, expanding horizons and resulting in young adults well equipped to take us all forward both as a community and a country.”

One of the parents concluded,
“We as parents could not be more proud and delighted for the pupils, staff  and Board of Governors of Crumlin Integrated College for their excellent inspection report.  This is a testimony to the incredible hard work from everyone and the outstanding efforts of the pupils and teachers to rise above the difficulties the school has experienced.  If this is not clear evidence that Crumlin Integrated College is not fully poised to evolve into the Provence’s first Shared Management Education Centre, I don’t know what is, as the desire and support are literally colossal.”