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St Columb's and Thornhill scrap 2022 academic selection

St Columb's and Thornhill scrap 2022 academic selection

Two Catholic grammar schools in Londonderry have become the latest to abandon academic selection for 2022. the BBC has reported.

Thornhill College and St Columb's follow St Mary's Christian Brothers and Lagan College, both in Belfast, in scrapping the tests for a year.

In a joint statement published on both school websites on Friday, the board of governors and principals of both schools said they wanted to "provide a degree of certainty" to those young people who would wish to enrol. They said young people have faced "unprecedented challenges" which has "undoubtedly had a significant impact on mental and emotional well-being".
"In response to these exceptional circumstances, and with a desire to provide a degree of certainty to those young people who would wish to attend our schools, the boards of governors and principals of both schools have agreed that they will not use academic criteria for admission to year eight in September 2022."
"We believe that this is the right decision for our schools and local communities."

Full BBC News Article