St Peter’s earmarked for closure

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St Peter’s High School has been earmarked for closure following a review into Catholic education.

SDLP MP Mark Durkan says “ there will be sadness at the announcement of the closure of St Peter’s.”

Plans to close the Creggan school follows the publication of a report this morning (Monday) by The Commission on Catholic Education.

“On visits to the college or engaging its students and staff at other events I have always been impressed by their friendly, positive, practical spirit,” Mr Durkan says.

“In the face of all the challenges affecting Creggan, Derry, the college itself, the education system and employment, Martin Bowen and his staff have shown resilience, dedication and leadership.

“The hard-working staff – teaching and non-teaching – deserve the strongest support and appreciation at this difficult time for them.

“Mr Bowen, Mrs Mellon and all the current staff will now again have to draw on their reserves of commitment and talent in trying to rescue from the sadness of closure a working sense of moving on and transition for secondary education here.

“St Peters’ staff past and present and its many pupils past and present can be proud of a college that has served them well even if it was not always well-served by a policy system which short-changed them on favour or fairness.”

Full story in tomorrow’s Derry Journal