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.





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