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04/06/2007 LORETO COLLEGE COLERAINE ACHIEVES SPECIALIST SCHOOL STATUS

Loreto College Coleraine was one of thirteen schools province-wide to be awarded Specialist status by the Department of Education in a landmark announcement this week.
 
Specialist Schools status is a whole school improvement initiative that seeks to share and spread good practice within the school and with the wider community.  This involves forming links with other primary and post-primary schools, business and community groups for the mutual benefit of all.  Loreto College will use its specialist status to drive forward a variety of initiatives for development and improvement in every area of school life, including the specialist area of Science.

“The status – and the funding which it will afford to the school – will be a valuable means of building on current good practice within Loreto College,” College Principal Mr Brian Lenehan explained. 

“The publication of the most recent School League Tables showed us to be in fourth place among Northern Ireland Grammar Schools, based on the attainment of three A levels at grades A – C in the 2006 session, and using the achievement in the 2006 GCSE results as a tie-breaker.  This shows that the school is already achieving highly, and consistently, so we will use our Specialist status to build on this in every curricular area, to maximise the opportunities to succeed which we offer to our students.”

Mr Lenehan explained that the benefits of the Specialist Schools initiative reach far beyond the confines of the school gates.

“We will be able to share this initiative with our partner Primary and Post-Primary schools, as well as working closely with a number of business and community partners.  Indeed this is one of the principal benefits of the Specialist scheme – to demonstrate that education operates best through a series of partnerships which allow our students to gain a broader vision of what learning entails. At the same time, our participation in the scheme will help the local community to benefit from the expertise and energy on offer inside the school itself.

“Our school ethos is one of outreach to the community and to an achievement of excellence founded securely in a sense of spirituality. The community element of the scheme is of even more tangible value to us than the considerable financial implications of the funding which our new status will attract.”

With Loreto College set to build on its already considerable reputation as a centre of excellence, Mr Lenehan paid tribute to the members of the business community who had offered support and sponsorship to the College in this initiative. 

“We are greatly indebted to these bodies for their support and their faith in what we can achieve,” Mr Lenehan explained, “and will, as our Specialist status begins, be expressing our gratitude to our sponsors and supporters through our various school publications.”

Mr Lenehan paid tribute to the dedication of the members of the Loreto College teaching staff, both in the preparation of the successful Specialist School bid and in the everyday work of the achievement of excellence in learning and teaching.  He also praised the enthusiasm and motivation of the College’s students, who brought such life to all the activities that take place in the school, both inside and outside the classroom.

With Specialist status due to begin in September 2007 for an initial four-year period, it is clear that the future – a future of exciting developments based on excellent existing practice – is a very bright one indeed for Loreto College Coleraine.