New-Bridge college praised by O’Dowd

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The Education Minister has visited New-Bridge Integrated College - which was given approval earlier this year to increase its enrolment - to praise staff and pupils for their hard work.

Mr John O’Dowd was given a tour of the school and met with representatives of the Board of Governors.

He also had the opportunity to meet with sixth form students to give them an insight into his role as Education Minister.

The Minister said: “New-Bridge prides itself on being ‘The school for all the family’ and is committed to ensuring that all pupils are provided with the opportunity to achieve their full educational potential.

“Evidence shows there is a demand from parents in the Banbridge area for integrated education and that is why earlier this year I approved a development proposal to increase the enrolment at New-Bridge Integrated College.”

New-Bridge was recently mentioned as an example of good practice in an Education and Training Inspectorate report. The report highlighted 11 schools with relatively high levels of free school meal entitlement who achieve good results in English and maths at GCSE level.

The Minister commended the principal, teachers and all the staff for their hard work and commitment.

He said it was clear pupils were thoroughly enjoying their education.