Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “This is absolutely fantastic news that the Minister has given the go ahead for Loughries to transform to integrated status. This has been a parent led campaign and I must congratulate everybody who was involved in working to achieve this goal.
“It is clear from opinion polls that there is growing demand for integrated education across Northern Ireland, so I am pleased that there will be better provision of integrated education in the Strangford area.
“This is a great day for integrated education supporters and shows what can be achieved by parent power. I am glad that the Minister abided by his statutory duty to facilitate and encourage the development of integrated education and hope that he will support other such proposals.”