SPERRIN Integrated College is an oversubscribed 500 pupil, 11-18 school, situated on the outskirts of Magherafelt. It enjoys the benefits of being close to town for transport access, combined with the feeling of being in a rural setting. The core of pupils come from Magherafelt but many travel from places as far apart as Cookstown and Kilrea, Draperstown and Antrim.
As a school which does not set entrance tests, it has demonstrated that it is possible to educate children from different contexts and abilities under one roof, and that all can achieve at a level commensurate with their potential. For those fortunate enough to gain a place, the aspiration is to enable each child to achieve that potential at age 16 and 18 respectively. This is supported at Governor level by a policy of keeping class size as small as is possible within the financial constraints to which every school is subject. As a general rule, no class is larger than 24.
Over the last three years, 2009 – 2011 98% of all Upper Sixth leavers have achieved ‘A’ level grades which have given them direct entry to university. At GCSE level over the same period, the students have performed consistently well above average for Northern Ireland schools.
Partnership and sharing are at the core of the Integrated ethos and Sperrin is an important part of one of the leading area based partnerships in the province. Magherafelt Learning Partnership (MLP) is comprised of all post-primary schools in the town and as such represents a microcosm of the Northern Ireland Educational community in that all sectors are represented. Integration involves looking outwards and so the schools’ students are heavily involved in charity fund raising.
Excellence in Learning and Teaching lies at the heart of the school’s ethos, but this is not achieved by accident. The school places a strong emphasis on ‘Pastoral Care’, taking the view that a child can only achieve at the highest standard if they are comfortable in the school environment. The most recent inspection carried out by the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) said, “The quality of arrangements for Pastoral Care and Child Protection are very good.”
At Sperrin the school believes that a child’s talents can be expressed in many ways other than just by exam performance. This results in there being a wide range of extra curricular activities on offer from Sport through to the Arts.
Primary Seven Pupils, Parents, Family and Friends, P6 Pupils and Parents who are planning ahead and Year 12 students and Parents are welcome to attend the Open Night on Thursday 26 January 2012.
The principal’s address will begin at 7.15pm.