Letter To Parents

Dear Parent/Carer

I am pleased to bring you some good news as we enter the half-term break. At its meeting on 29th October the NEELB decided to defer any decision on the future of our school.We had assumed that at that meeting the NEELB would simply ratify the recommendation of the Education Committee that a proposal should be published to close Crumlin Integrated College in September 2014.The fact that it did not do so clearly indicates that the Board is prepared to evaluate our position once again. My understanding is that it will do so a special meeting involving all of the interested parties – for example, the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS), representatives of the protestant churches and members of the Board of Governors of our own school. This will give us an opportunity to argue our case in detail and establish the commitment of the other interested parties. Further more it will also give us a platform to fully explain the concerns of our parents, in particular those with children in Year 11.Whilst there can be no guarantees about the final outcome of this Special Meeting, things are now looking more positive. This enhanced position is as a result of pressure from the representations made by parents, the wider Crumlin community and our local political representatives backed, ofcourse, by our own Board of Governors. For all of this I extend my sincere gratitude but stress that it is important that we continue with our efforts in advance of this Special Meeting.As you can appreciate there is still considerable work to be done but everything is now looking much brighter following this latest decision by the NEELB.We will continue to correspond with you as events develop, and in the meantime please except my sincere appreciation for all your support so far.

Sincerely

Stanley Smith

Chairman Board Of Governors