Alliance South Belfast MLA, Anna Lo and East Belfast MLAs, Judith Cochrane and Chris Lyttle, have called on the Education Minister to ensure that the amalgamation of Knockbreda and Newtownbreda High Schools takes place with no negative impact on pupils. The Education Minister recently decided that the two schools would be amalgamated but that they would continue to operate on two sites until the time comes to consider a single location.
Anna Lo MLA said: “I have received correspondence from worried parents about this amalgamation process. However, I recently met with senior officials in the South Eastern Education and Library Board who explained in more detail the plans for the implementation of the amalgamation. I was reassured by the imminent formation of the interim Board of Governors and a designated principal who will be recruited shortly to oversee the amalgamation.”
Judith Cochrane MLA said: “We must make sure that the amalgamation process puts the needs of pupils first and that it does not negatively impact on their education. I would also urge the Education Minister to ensure that priority is given to allocating the necessary funding for the new school on a single site which best meets the needs of the pupils.”
Chris Lyttle MLA said: “We need to have a well-managed transition which should be communicated to the two schools and parents to avoid uncertainties and speculation. I also believe it is essential that there is proper post-primary planning across all sectors in South and East Belfast, to ensure adequate levels of social and physical connectivity between schools and communities.”