Student enrolment numbers at Hazelwood Integrated College have reached an all-time high, thanks to an increasing level of pupil transfer requests.
Last week, Abigail Monahan joined the Whitewell Road school to become its 900th student - the largest ever number of young people enrolled at the college.
To mark the milestone, Abigail was presented with a brand new iPad by Noreen Campbell, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE), and the chairman of Hazelwood’s Board of Governors, Mr Trevor Parkhill.
“This is indeed an historic moment for Hazelwood Integrated College and for the wider community,” Mrs Campbell commented. “Over the years, since its foundation in 1985, Hazelwood has grown steadily in response to parental demand in the area. It provides both integrated education and educational excellence, serving the needs of individual students, the local area and future society. The school educates together both our main traditions and those of no faith and is equally welcoming to the many newcomers to the area who greatly enrich the life of the school.
“NICIE congratulates the principal, staff and governors of the school as they reach this new and significant landmark in their development.”
Mr Parkhill added: “This high enrolment is the result of many factors, most notably our strong commitment to high quality and inclusive education, as well as to the retention rates of our students moving from GCSE to post-16.
“The rise in student numbers at Hazelwood College is a great sign of not just parent and student faith in the quality of education they receive at the college, but also their belief in integrated education.”