Dromore school welcomes merger proposal

A FEASIBILITY study to determine whether the proposal to develop a ‘Rural Academy’ for secondary level students in the Dromore and Irvinestown areas will take place over the next month.

The principal of St John’s College in Dromore, Christine Doherty, welcomed the decision which  was revealed in the Northern Ireland Commission for Catholic Education’s post primary review published on Monday.

This review sets out a vision for the future of the Catholic post-primary sector and will inform the area-based planning exercise currently being undertaken by the boards and CCMS.

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The documented recommended, “Trustees request that NICCE/CCMS undertake a feasibility study to determine whether the proposal to develop an 11-19 Rural Academy to provide for students residing in the Dromore/Irvinestown areas would meet the requirements of the Department of Education and NICCE policies. This should be completed by March 2012 and the recommendations referred to the Diocesan Programme board for future consideration.”

Ms Doherty said she believes the creation of a rural academy, with greater affiliation to St Mary’s College, Irvinestown will best meet the educational needs of the local community.

“We are delighted at they are carrying out this feasibility study looking into a rural academy as we really believe it will offer a really bright future to all of the children in the West Tyrone and North Fermanagh. We feel it is the right way forward.”