Our Lady’s Grammar School clarify academic selection position
Our Lady’s Grammar School in Newry has contacted Newry Times to clarify the school’s position regarding academic selection.
The statement read, “It has been reported in some media outlets that Our Lady’s Grammar School has “announced” that it is to end academic selection. This is a misleading interpretation of a recent statement released by the Mercy Trustees of three post-primary schools in Northern Ireland, Our Lady of Mercy Belfast, St Michael’s Lurgan and Our Lady’s Newry; the latter two are Voluntary Grammar Schools. The Mercy Trustees in their statement have outlined very eloquently their philosophy and their support for their schools; they have also expressed their wishes with regard to academic selection which, like most Trustees in the Catholic sector, Bishops and Religious Orders alike, they would like to see phased out over time.”
“As the Trustees acknowledge, Boards of Governors are the decision-making bodies in Voluntary Grammar Schools; they currently determine Admissions Policy and the Board of Our Lady’s has not changed its Policy which uses academic selection as the first criterion for entry into the school. However, Our Lady’s and the other five Catholic Post-Primary Schools within Newry have been asked by the Northern Ireland Commission for Catholic Education to begin discussions in the new academic year with regard to future post – primary provision in the City.”
The statement concluded, “The wishes of the Mercy Trustees and the Trustees of all of the schools will play a very important role in those discussions as we all work together to determine an agreed way forward.”
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