Integrate Glengormley High School

What's happening?

Parents have voted for Glengormley High School (a controlled school) to become an integrated school.

Rather than being organised around a specific religious community, integrated schools are designed to bring together pupils, families and teachers of all backgrounds.

Update 27 April 2021: Glengormley High School's conversion to integrated status has been approved by the Department of Education. It is scheduled to take place at the start of the 2022/23 academic year.

What's our view?

There is extremely broad support across all communities in Northern Ireland for children to be educated together in good inclusive schools. Sadly institutions have not kept pace with the public's wishes and the vast majority of schools remain segregated along religious lines. Catholic schools are run by the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools. Controlled schools cater largely to children from Protestant backgrounds - and have religious representatives on their governing bodies. This fragmented education system exacerbates community tensions, wastes taxpayers' money and undermines children's religious freedom.

Where (as here) there is strong democratic support for a largely single faith school to become integrated (transformation), the Department of Education must give the proposal serious consideration.

Who are we?

No More Faith Schools is a national campaign coordinated by the National Secular Society and with supporters from a broad social, political and religious spectrum. We're dedicated to an end to state funded faith schools. We would like all schools to have an inclusive community ethos, free from any religious discrimination, privilege or control.

We help people challenge new faith schools, particularly where they have discriminatory admissions rules and where there are proposals for inclusive alternatives.

Related news

Catholic school transforms into integrated one for first time in NI

Posted: Fri, 03 Sep 2021 10:08

A former Catholic school has reopened as an integrated one for the first time in Northern Ireland.

Seaview Integrated Primary School

Seven in 10 support normalising integrated education in NI, poll finds

Posted: Wed, 04 Aug 2021 12:42

More than seven in 10 people in Northern Ireland support efforts to make integrated education the norm...

Children in school

Progress towards inclusive integrated education in NI is still too slow

Posted: Thu, 06 May 2021 12:37

As efforts to integrate individual schools in Northern Ireland face mixed fortunes, Alastair Lichten...

Children in class

First Catholic school in Northern Ireland to become integrated

Posted: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 09:23

The Northern Ireland executive has approved a plan for a Catholic school to become an integrated one...

Seaview Primary School to integrate

Report: religious control of NI’s schools reinforces social division

Posted: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 13:59

Granting churches power over school governance in Northern Ireland exacerbates the challenges facing...

Report: religious control of NI’s schools reinforces social division

Is Northern Ireland set to move away from religious segregation in schools?

Posted: Wed, 06 May 2020 10:46

The idea that children should be educated together regardless of their religious background is gaining...

School sign

Share this campaign

Please support the community of Glengormley High School, aiming to become an integrated school to welcome families & teachers of all backgrounds.
Click to tweet