Page last updated at 12:44 GMT, Wednesday, 1 October 2008 13:44 UK

Pupils leave 'integrated school'

Schoolboy (generic)
The school will become integrated next September

Parents objecting to a County Antrim primary school becoming integrated have taken their children away from the school.

The principal of Ballymoney Model Primary said that 16 out of its 296 pupils had left since it decided to become integrated next September.

Parents at the school voted for integrated status by a small majority.

The Council for Integrated Education's Michael Wardlow said the school had "a history of informal integration".

"In the model school, what they are trying to say is we want to make our school go back to first principles, but to be a school fit for purpose in the 21st century, welcoming all faiths and none.

"And I would sincerely hope that maybe those parents would reconsider whether this couldn't be a thing that they could agree with."

Some of the school governors have also voiced their opposition to the move, which has already been approved by the Department of Education.

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific