Principals meet on school reforms in Londonderry

The principals of all Catholic post-primary schools in Londonderry met on Monday to discuss plans to shake up educational provision in the city.

While most of the schools support the proposals, at least one is against.

Last week the Diocesan Administrator in Derry, Monsignor Eamon Martin, revealed his blueprint for change in Catholic schools.

Among his proposals are the abolition of academic selection, and co-education instead of single sex schools.

Monday's meeting was the first chance for principals and chairs of boards of governors to learn more about the plans from Monsignor Martin.

Speaking afterwards, he said he was very pleased all of the schools had been represented, and the meeting's focus was on starting a discussion.

Meanwhile principal of St Cecilia's College Kathleen Gormley said while the majority of school principals supported the proposals, changes would have to command widespread support to succeed.

"I would be very sceptical of a meeting with ten post primary colleagues when three schools in our city are selective," she said.

"Non-academically selective schools have most of the children in the city, but I presume if we move forward then changes would have to be made with all schools.

"We can only move forward if we all move together."