Plea to Pope on school closure

Immaculate Conception College.  (0207JB23)
Immaculate Conception College. (0207JB23)
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Parents of kids at a Derry college facing closure are to write to Pope Francis in an effort to save the school.

Immaculate Conception College (ICC) parents have formed an action group and set up a Facebook page in a bid to persuade the authorities to keep the school open.

Earlier this year, it emerged that the College - the only Catholic post-primary school in Derry’s Waterside - will close its doors completely by 2015 if recommendations by the Catholic Council for Maintained Schools (CCMS) are put in place.

The Education Minister will have the final say on whether or not the school will close its doors but the CCMS has already proposed that the best option would be a “phased closure” of the Trench Road site beginning in September 2014 and completed by the following September.

One concerned parent said the school’s closure would sound the death knell for Catholic post-primary education in the Waterside.