ULIDIA INTEGRATED COLLEGE Grant Maintained Integrated College
112 Victoria Road

Carrickfergus, BT38 7JL

Telephone: (028) 93358500

Fax: (028) 93358547

Email: info@ulidiacollege.com

Website: www.ulidiacollege.com

Principal: Mr Eugene Martin, BSc, MA, PGCE.

Chairperson Board of Governors: Mr Robert McAlister

All Ability

Boys and Girls

Age Range: 11-19

Admission Number: 80

Enrolment Number: 510

Current Enrolment: 570

Office Hours: 8:30 am – 4:45 pm

 

Specialist School in the Digital, Visual & Performing Arts

Visiting the College

The College welcomes a close partnership with parents and therefore encourages parental visits to the College. Prospective parents and pupils are welcome to arrange an appointment to view the school. The school will be open for visits by parents and transferring pupils on:-

Saturday 31st January 2015, from 9.30 am – noon.

Wednesday 4th February 2015 from 7 pm to 9 pm.

 

 

General Information

Ulidia is an Integrated College, founded by local parents, and opened in September 1997. The College is breaking the mould in providing a planned, integrated, all-ability, co-educational education in the East Antrim area, accepting pupils from North Belfast to Glenarm and beyond. The Board of Governors is committed to the maintenance of a balanced enrolment of the two major Christian traditions with a similar balance being maintained amongst staff and Governors.
 
Mission Statement: ‘Educating together, Catholics and Protestants, and those of other religions, or none, in an atmosphere of understanding and tolerance to the highest academic standards’.

 

 

The College and the Curriculum

The College has high expectations of all its pupils, both in behaviour and in attitude to work. Prospective pupils will be encouraged to maximise their potential, academically, socially and personally. As an effective all-ability school, able learners achieve high GCSE and ‘A’ Level grades, and all learners leave the College with qualifications that are useful for their future careers.
 
The College follows a policy of continuous assessment and examinations with parents kept informed of their child’s progress in all subjects, through a comprehensive record of achievement provided for each student. Religious Education lessons will follow the agreed Northern Ireland programme of study. Parents who wish to have specific religious education provision for their child may discuss it with the Principal. Parents are welcome at all times to discuss their child’s academic development with the Deputy Principal.
 
The college moved to its new building in 2001 situated on 18 acres of land overlooking Belfast Lough. The buildings are equipped to the highest standard possible and include four ICT suites, two Art Studios; a custom designed Drama suite, two technology labs; two home economics suites and a sixth form centre.

 

 

Ethos

The College adopts a child-centred approach to education, believing strongly in the self-esteem of the individual. Class sizes are usually less than 23 students providing greater opportunity for each child to be educated according to his/her educational needs. Resources and teaching strategies are organised to accommodate the all-ability nature of the College. School uniform is compulsory.

 

Our Commitment to Parents and Pupils

The Board of Governors is committed to providing a school:-

 

Where your faith and tradition are valued and respected, and where your child also learns to understand and tolerate other traditions

  • Where your child will be valued and respected as an individual
  • With well qualified staff providing a quality education and offering a wide variety of co-curricular activities
  • Where children of all abilities are helped to maximise their potential
  • With an atmosphere that is friendly and disciplined, caring and respectful
  • That is fully committed to working in partnership with parents.

 

Parental Involvement

As parents founded Ulidia Integrated College, their participation in the life of the College is actively sought and cherished. Parental involvement in co-curricular activities is strongly encouraged. The Parents’ Council is open to all parents, with teachers and parents having elected nominees on the Board of Governors of the College. The Parents’ Council informs and advises the Board of Governors on parent opinion and matters of concern to the parents.
 
Pastoral Care and the Individual Needs of the Students

Ulidia Integrated College is a child-centred College, in which the broad aim of the pastoral system is to ensure that all pupils benefit extensively from their school experience. All teachers within the College assist in the pastoral dimension by providing the caring atmosphere for pupils and by being sensitive to the needs and difficulties of the individual child. Each class is assigned a Form Tutor who has responsibility for, and takes special interest in, the individual members of the class. Parents are welcome at all times to discuss their child’s development with either their Year Leader or the Pastoral Leader.

 

Carrickfergus Learning Community

Ulidia Integrated College is a member of the Carrickfergus Learning Community.
 
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR ENTRY INTO YEAR 8

Respective functions of the Board of Governors and Principal in relation to Admissions to the school.

The Board of Governors draws up the Admissions Criteria and delegates to the Principal and a Selection Committee the responsibility of applying the criteria.
 
The parents/guardians of pupils applying for entry to Ulidia Integrated College should note that they may be required to produce documents verifying information pertinent to the Admissions Criteria. The provision of false or incorrect information or failure to provide verifying documents according to the required deadline may result in either the withdrawal of a place or the inability of the school to offer a place.
 

  1. NOTES OF INFORMATION
  2. a) In accordance with DENI regulations, all children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission will be selected for admission before any child not so resident may be selected.
  3. b) It is the sole responsibility of the parents/guardians of prospective pupils to ensure that all information relevant to the Admissions Criteria of Ulidia Integrated College is submitted either on the Transfer Form or is attached to that Form at the time of submission.

 
Transferring pupils will be considered to be in one of four categories, namely ‘Catholic tradition’ (Category 1), ‘Protestant tradition’ (Category 2), ‘other non-Christian religious beliefs’ which means religious beliefs other than those encompassed in ‘Catholic tradition’ and ‘Protestant tradition’ (Category 3), or ‘of no specific religious belief’ which is self-explanatory (Category 4).
 
The Category applicable to each transferring pupil will be determined, in strict order, by the religious affiliation noted on or attached to the official NEELB Transfer Report Form (the Green Form): or, where none has been noted on this form, information supplied by the transferring pupil’s parent/guardian directly to the College via the College’s ‘Pupil Information Form’; or, where none has been noted on this form, ‘Catholic Tradition’ (Category 1) for pupils transferring from CCMS schools, and ‘Protestant Tradition’ (Category 2) for transferring pupils from all other schools.

 
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will follow the above outlined procedures precisely. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form, pupil information form or attached to either of them.
 
The College will admit 80 pupils in total. The admissions criteria will be applied within each of the four categories as follows:

Step 1: Allocate equally from Categories 1 and 2 until 72 places have been thus allocated or until either one or other of those Categories is exhausted.

Step 2: Allocate, initially, up to 4 places from Category 3.

Step 3: Allocate, initially, up to 4 places from Category 4.

Step 4: Allocating just one place at a time, starting at Category 1 and working in sequence through Categories 1, 2, 3 and 4, allocate from those Categories which still have transferring pupils, until 80 places in total have been allocated.
 
In order to facilitate the proper application of criteria, the Board of Governors requests parents to complete a Pupil Information Form. Parents should also use the Official Transfer Form (the Green Form) to provide information to assist the College in the application of its criteria. This should include the child’s preferred religious category. The College’s ‘Pupil Information Form’ is available from the College Secretary and should be returned ONLY to the college secretary.
 
The College will acknowledge receipt of this form within 7 working days.
 
Admissions Criteria

In the event that there are more applications at a particular Step than there are places available, the Board of Governors has determined that the following criteria shall be applied in the order set down:-

 

  1. Transferring pupils who are currently in Primary 7 of a grant-maintained integrated primary school or a controlled Integrated Primary School, as defined in the Education Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 1989.
  2. Transferring pupils who have a brother or sister or foster brother/sister currently attending this College. Half brother/sisters and step brothers/sisters will only be admitted under this criterion if they reside at the same address as the applicant.
  3. Transferring pupils who have had a brother or sister or foster brother/sister enrolled in this college. Half brother/sisters and step brothers/sisters will only be admitted under this criterion if they reside at the same address as the applicant.

 

  1. Transferring pupils who are the first child in the family to transfer to mainstream post-primary education since the establishment of Ulidia Integrated College in 1997.
  2. Parents/Guardians of transferring pupils who can demonstrate a commitment to Integrated Education. (See note 1)
  3. Transferring pupils whose parent/guardian is an employee of, or member of, the Board of Governors of Ulidia Integrated College or who is due to take up an appointment in the forthcoming academic year.
  4. Other Applicants.

 
In the event of over-subscription in the last criterion that can be applied at each stage of the process, selection for places will be on the basis of the initial letter of the surname of the child wishing to transfer, with the child being selected in the order set out below.

 

P F A Q L Mac M Y G Mc O D I N E W H J S R C K B X U Z T V

 

The order was determined by a randomised selection of letters. These letters will also be used in the event of a tie occurring at any of the above admissions stages. In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter, the subsequent letters of the surnames will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of the letter of the first forename appearing on the transfer form will be used. Hyphenated surnames, consisting of two separate surnames will be treated as one complete word for selection purposes.
 
Note 1:

Demonstration of commitment to Integrated Education (Criterion 5 above) will be measured only by the following;

  • The submission of a Pupil Information Form for Ulidia or any other integrated college; Please note: it is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that this is noted on the Transfer Form; and/or
  • membership or employee of the Integrated Education Fund, Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education, All Children Together, any Integrated Education Trust; and/or
  • membership of the Board of Governors or employee of any other integrated college.

 

If Criterion 5 is applicable to parents of transferring pupils, they are asked to state clearly their commitment to integrated education, as defined in Note 1 above, on the Transfer Report Form.
 
Waiting Lists:

The college’s policy on the consideration of applications after the Transfer Procedure concludes towards the end of May 2015 is available directly from the school or can be accessed on our school website at www.ulidiacollege.com

 
Year 8 Applications and Admissions
 

Year Admissions No. Total Applications All Preferences Total Admissions

2012/13

80

131

81

2013/14

80

121

81

2014/15

90

119

90

This table does not include children who were admitted to the school with a statement of special educational needs.