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O’Dowd – Ashfield Boys’ High a cornerstone of community

Education Minister, John ODowd, has hailed the central role played by Ashfield Boys High School in the local community.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Minister today visited the east Belfast school, where he viewed some of the wide range of extra-curricular activities offered to pupils and took part in discussions with pupils during class time.

Speaking about his visit, the Minister said: “For decades, Ashfield Boys’ High has delivered quality education to boys in east Belfast and has been a cornerstone of the local area. Over 90% of the pupils live within a few miles, meaning that Ashfield is truly a community school.

“I am impressed by the quality of teaching here and the passion of the whole staff body, whose dedication is clear to see and has a positive impact on the pupils every day. It is this learning environment and ethos that helps facilitate the excellent results the school’s pupils produce. Indeed almost three quarters of those receiving GCSE results last month gained five or more GCSEs at grades A*- C.

“Ashfield Boys’ is also an excellent example of a school whose buildings are used not only during school hours, but from first thing in the morning to last thing at night. With the help of funding from my Department, the school delivers a range of before and after school clubs and activities for pupils and parents. It also gives access to facilities to local organisations and sports clubs, of all backgrounds, on evenings and weekends. This is the template I would like to see used across the north.”

In conclusion the Minister added: “Ashfield Boys’ High is a school with a proud history that delivers for all abilities. I wish recently appointed Principal, Jo McColgan, as well as his team and everyone else connected with the school, the very best for the future.”

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