SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan has called for the Department for Education to look favourably on the future of Groarty Integrated Primary School.
In a response an Assembly question asked by Mr Durkan, Education Minister Weir advised that the department’s decision on the school’s potential closure will be made in the coming weeks.
The Foyle MLA said:
“Groarty Primary School is one of only 2 integrated primary schools in Derry; the only one situated on the West Bank of the Foyle. As such, the school is uniquely placed to offer a positive, inclusive ethos of tolerance towards all sections of the community.
“It has served the needs of the local community for over 150 years. Their proposed closure not only threatens integrated education provision in the area, but the city also.
“I have previously met with the amazing pupils and staff at the school and witnessed first-hand the excellent additional educational support provided here. My concerns are that EA have made no apparent plans to relocate these children, the onus instead has fallen upon the parents. The continued uncertainty about the school’s future has understandably left parents, pupils and staff feeling very anxious.”
He concluded: “I would appeal to the Department to give due consideration to keeping this unique school operational to ensure the survival and growth of the school going forward.”