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We have been discussing the site for the new Blackwater Integrated College, looking at current proposals and alternative sites.

The Blackwater Integrated College is a proposed new Grant Maintained Integrated College, bringing together the existing Down Academy Controlled Integrated High School and Rowallane Integrated College. Blackwater IC will be a new, all-ability, co-educational College founded on the principles of integrated Education. It is proposed to open in September 2008.

Currently, the College is planned for the Mid-Down area, with a possible site in Crossgar. However, I have been discussing possible alternatives to this site which will make use of available brown-field sites and offer access for pupils in the mid-Down area.

Outgoing  Councillor, Bill Corry, is pictured here with incoming Councillor at the site of the SEELB Outdoor Education Centre in Killyleagh, which would offer an alternative site for the school.

Currently, Killyleagh does not have a secondary school and the proximity to the sea and the outdoor centre would allow for easy access to activities for pupils. This is one of several sites being discussed .

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