Kinahan Presents Petition for Shared Education in Crumlin

Danny Kinahan MLA, education spokesman for the Ulster Unionist Party, has presented a petition containing over 1,000 signatures at Stormont- calling for the establishment of shared secondary school in Crumlin, South Antrim. Mr Kinahan said; “I was delighted to present a petition to the Speaker of the Assembly- which he will pass on to the Minister for Education- calling for the establishment of a shared management secondary school in the town of Crumlin.  I was equally delighted to meet with pupils and staff from the current Crumlin Integrated College at Stormont, who were able to see part of a debate and tour Parliament buildings. “The presentation of the petition represents another stage in the campaign to safeguard cross community secondary level schooling in Crumlin, and establish a shared post primary school in the town.   There are many factors which support the retention of a secondary school in Crumlin.  Not least is the fact that there has been a marked improvement in the exam results at Crumlin Integrated in the last few years.  From 39% of pupils gaining 5 or more A*-C grades in 2011, the last results showed 61% of pupils gaining 5 or more A*-C grades. “There is a real opportunity here for a school to become truly shared- with all the main denominations being formally recognised on the Board of Governors, and having a say in the running of the school.  We await the report of the working group set up by the North Eastern Education and Library Board with both hope and anticipation.  I trust the group will recognize that the transformation of the current school into a Shared Management Post Primary School is not only feasible but highly desirable in both educational and social cohesion terms. This could be a positive educational first for Northern Ireland.“