St Peter’s teaching staff will be redeployed

St Peter's High School. (1702PG120)
St Peter's High School. (1702PG120)

All teaching staff at St Peter’s High School in Derry - which is earmarked for closure - are to be redeployed to other schools, it’s been revealed.

The trustees of the St Mary’s parish in Creggan have recently notified education chiefs of a proposal to close the school on a “phased basis”.

It’s proposed that, firstly, there will be no admissions to Year 8 or Year 11 with effect from August 31, 2012 and, secondly, closure of the school will take effect from August 31, 2013, “or as soon as possible thereafter”.

St Peter’s principal Martin Bowen says the closure of the school - when it does happen - will be “a sad day not just for the school and all associated with it but a sad day for Derry”.

However, he revealed that all teaching staff - other than those who are retiring - have been deployed to other schools.

“This is excellent news and I have to praise the CCMS for how it’s managed this situation,” he said.

“I would also like to say a word of thanks to Damien Harkin, principal of St Joseph’s, who’s also played a key role in this particular process.”