The board of Crumlin Integrated College has welcomed an inspectors’ report that showed significant improvements.
The school has been in formal intervention for more than four years because of problems in its performance and management.
Inspectors found much improved exam results, which are now above average.
They said significant progress had been made on developing pupils’ personal and social skills. The majority of lessons are now said to be consistently very good.
The Inspectors commented favorably on the present senior leadership in the school stating that: “The stable leadership arrangements have enabled the process for self evaluation to become embedded and to bring about further improvements across the school.”
The Inspectors noted that the school provided a broad and balanced curriculum, delivered by specialist teachers, appropriate to the needs of the pupils and satisfying the entitlement framework.
A highly critical report in 2010 led to the suspension of the head teacher for retraining.
The school has only 133 pupils, but the number entering the school this year is likely to be double the nine it took in last year.
Although it was proposed for closure in 2013, it was given a reprieve to allow work on setting up a new school under joint Catholic and education board management.
Consultation is ongoing and parents at local primary schools are being asked if they would support such a school.
The current senior teacher in charge, Lynda McGarry, said: “This report officially recognises the journey travelled and is testament to the professionalism and hard work of all the staff.”
Chairman of the board of governors, Stanley Smith, said: “The school is now very clearly fit for purpose in terms of serving the Crumlin community, and we now look to the support of that community as we seek to ensure the future of the school.”
Local MLA Danny Kinahan said: “I would make a very heartfelt plea to any parent who is looking for a quality postprimary education in Crumlin to take a hard and considered look at the ethos and success of the College on their doorstep.
“They make a huge contribution to community life, pastoral care is exemplary and educational standards by any measure are ‘good’.”