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Coleraine Grammar School Prepares To Open Its Doors For The First Time

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Coleraine’s newest school, Coleraine Grammar School, is making final preparations for the start of the academic year and has announced a number of key details to help pupils prepare for the school year.

Pupils are due to register for their new classes and find out their timetables during a series of induction days running from Monday 24th August to Friday 28th August.Years 8 and 9 will attend the Lodge Road campus whilst Years 10 and 11 will be on the Castlerock Road campus with Years 12 and 14 completing their GCSE and A level courses on their original site, ie boys on Castlerock Road and girls on Lodge Road.Year 13 pupils will be registered for their A level course when they receive their GCSE results on both campuses on Thursday.The induction days will give the pupils the opportunity to meet all members of staff and pupils in their year groups and become familiar with the new surroundings and the various physical changes that have taken place in preparation for the new school year.

At the same time the school has confirmed the official school opening times, beginning at 8.55am and ending at 3.25pm and that following agreement with Translink, new school bus timetables will be in operation to facilitate these times. The timetable changes are designed to ease local traffic concerns and have been agreed following discussions with Translink, DRD and other stakeholders.Bus timetable details can be found on the new school website www.colerainegrammar.com

As part of the induction days, the school will also take the opportunity to unveil its new sports gear, following confirmation that leading sports provider Under Armour has been selected as the official supplier of sports clothing to the school. The Interim Board of Governors has chosen the sports brand for its quality, value for money against other sports brands, appeal to boys and girls across the post-primary age groups and the additional support offered to help establish the look and feel of sports in Coleraine Grammar School.

Speaking about the latest developments, Dr David Carruthers, Principal of the new school said;

“The Interim Board of Governors, Senior Management Team, teachers and support staff have been working hard over the summer months to get the new school ready for the start of the academic year and we are all very excited about the prospect of starting this brand new chapter in the history of post-primary education within the Coleraine area.

“From day one, we recognised that change of this nature can be unsettling for people and with this in mind we have made a conscious and concerted effort to share as much information with students and parents as possible. We now hope the induction days will prove useful to get students ready for the official start of the new term on 1st September.

“As we look forward to welcoming both familiar faces and many new ones we are all acutely aware that Coleraine High School and Coleraine Inst both enjoy long and very proud histories.Our focus remains on building on the strengths and ethos of both schools, both inside and outside the classroom to deliver a school which benefits current and future pupils, their families and the wider community.”

As part of the staffing structure for Coleraine Grammar School, Richard Boyd has taken up a new position – Head of Sport – and commenting on the partnership with Under Armour, he said, “Coleraine Grammar School will draw on the strong ethos of both founding schools, Coleraine Academical Institution and Coleraine High School – and sport has undoubtedly been an integral part of both.I believe that the relationship between Coleraine Grammar School and Under Armour will help us to create a strong profile for our sports teams and will also promote inclusivity for all boys and girls in the new school.”

The Coleraine Grammar School sports range is available through two outlets in the town – S&T Moores and Heart and Home – and will be in stock at the start of September.The Under Armour online store will also re-open in September and parents will be notified in advance.

Existing pupils of both schools will be permitted to wear their existing school sports kits for the next year with the addition of the new school crest, which can be purchased from the school offices.

Monday 24th August Staff Only 9am – 1pm
Tuesday 25th August Yr 14 only 9am – 12 noon
Wednesday 26th August Yr 9 only 9am – 1pm
Thursday 27th August Yrs 8, 9 9am – 1pm
Friday 28th August Yrs 8, 10 9am – 1pm
Yrs 11, 12 10am – 1pm

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