O’Dowd approves merger of St Michael’s, St Paul’s and St Mary’s schools

John O'Dowd MLA
John O'Dowd MLA

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved proposals to amalgamate St Michael’s Grammar, St Mary’s High and St Paul’s Junior High to form a new non-selective post-primary voluntary grammar school in Lurgan.

Commenting on the decision, Mr O’Dowd said: “My approval of these proposals represents a hugely significant and positive step forward for post-primary education in the Lurgan area.

“The evidence, both local and international, is clear, mixed ability schooling can deliver better outcomes for everyone. The top education systems around the world combine excellence with equality of access.

“The time has come to take decisive action to end the outdated practice of selecting on the basis of ability. I commend the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools for putting forward this progressive proposal.”