Alliance East Belfast MLAs, Judith Cochrane and Chris Lyttle, have met the new Education Authority to discuss the provision of places at nursery, primary and secondary education in East Belfast.
Judith Cochrane MLA said: “I was glad that the new Education Authority took the opportunity to meet us to discuss some of the pressing issues facing families in East Belfast and trust this constructive approach will continue.
“I have been actively pursuing a solution for the admissions issue at Strandtown Primary School and am pleased that there now seems to be a consensus on the way forward. There is still a lot to be done, but the discussions today will hopefully ensure those children currently enrolled in the local infants schools will transition to Strandtown in line with their parents’ wishes.”
Chris Lyttle MLA said: “I welcome the opportunity to meet the new Education Authority to discuss Strandtown Primary School and the need to work with elected representatives, principals, parents and the community to deliver excellent education provision at nursery, primary and secondary level across East Belfast.
“Principals and parents deserve the best support to help ensure every pupil in East Belfast has access to opportunities to achieve their full potential in education and Alliance representatives are committed to achieving this important task.
“We will be raising these matters during an Assembly debate that we have secured in June and I hope that the Education Minister will continue to listen to our concerns and respond positively to educational need in East Belfast.”