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Lurgan Model Primary School Celebrates Becoming an Integrated School!

The school community of Lurgan Model Primary School is celebrating after hearing the news that the Department of Education has approved their Development Proposal to transform to Integrated status.  The school is one of 26 who have held positive parental ballots since 2019 and brings the number of Integrated schools in Northern Ireland to 72.

The school held a ballot of parents in summer 2022 with an overwhelming majority of 99% of the parents voting yes to the school transforming to Integrated status.  The next step in the journey to integration was the school submitting a Development Proposal to the Department of Education, including a Transformation Action Plan. 

Almost two years after the parental ballot, Lurgan Model Primary School was delighted to get confirmation that the Development Proposal has been approved.  The school continues to offer an excellent standard of education, as it has for over 160 years, educating around 180 pupils, who will now receive an Integrated Education.

Neil Campbell, Principal of Lurgan Model Primary School, said:

“On Thursday 18th April 2024 we received written confirmation from the Department of Education that the Education Minister has approved our development proposal to transform to an Integrated school from 1st September 2024. We are delighted at this news and thank the Education Minister for his decision. The Minister has ensured we can now plan for the beginning of the 2024/25 academic year with clarity and optimism, and we are grateful for his carefully considered approval.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported our Transformation, especially our parents who voted overwhelmingly to formally begin this process in June 2022, The NI Council for Integrated Education (NICIE), The Integrated Education Fund (IEF) and The Education Authority’s Sectoral Support Team.

Lurgan Model opened 161 years ago as an expressly non-denominational school for all children, regardless of religion. Our Transformation to controlled Integrated status reaffirms and strengthens our inclusive ethos as a school where all communities, cultures and backgrounds are welcomed and celebrated.

Our little people who continue to cross our threshold every day will remain at the heart of all that we do. No matter the background they come from they will be cherished, valued and respected for who they are, in an inclusive environment that nurtures empathy and understanding for everyone, in the hope of a better tomorrow.”

Roisin Marshall, Chief Executive Officer of NICIE, said:

“Having worked alongside the Lurgan Model Primary School community, NICIE is thrilled that the Development Proposal to Transform to become an Integrated school has been approved.  We look forward to continuing to work with the school and supporting them on their Transformation journey.”


Tina Merron, Chief Executive of the IEF, said:

“We congratulate the Board of Governors, staff and parents of Lurgan Model Primary School on their successful Transformation to Integrated status.  It has taken a lot of time, dedication and commitment from the entire school community to complete this process and become an Integrated schoolWe look forward to welcoming Lurgan Model Primary School to the growing community of Integrated schools across Northern Ireland.” 

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