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Principal’s Welcome

On behalf of the Board of Governors, Staff and Students, I would like to welcome you to our school. New-Bridge Integrated College is an 11 – 18 school which welcomes boys and girls, all abilities and families from catholic, protestant and other traditions. Our school was established in 1995 by parents from the Banbridge and Newry areas, who wanted a school where children from different communities could be educated together under one roof.

As Laureate of Peace Education, we continue to play a significant role in promoting our inclusive ethos, celebrating diversity and developing our young people into well rounded tolerant citizens, who are happy and engaged in their learning and respectful of each other’s beliefs and traditions. At New-Bridge we provide high quality education through a broad and balanced curriculum which caters for the full ability range. Our child centred approach to learning and teaching is built on positive relationships between staff, students and parents; with priority given to the care and welfare of our students.

New-Bridge is a happy place to learn and work and we are very proud of our excellent record of academic and vocational successes which ensures progression for all our young people. We offer a quality learning experience for those with gifts and talents, those with a high academic profile and those who require additional support and this is evidenced through the destinations of our students, be that University or Further Education Colleges. As our school motto states, we are indeed ‘The School for All the family’. I am proud to say we celebrate the ‘personal best’ of every student at New-Bridge.

We are delighted that under the Fresh Start Agreement Funding, our Contractors, Ganson Ltd, have been appointed with construction work expected to commence early 2022 with a completion schedule of 18 months! Our design plans are breath-taking and will offer so many new opportunities for our students, staff and local community. Through our School Website, our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts, we capture the ethos of our school in words and pictures.

We also hope that your visit to our school, be that virtually or face to face, enables you to experience first-hand our welcoming, friendly and caring ethos. We look forward t0 expanding our New-Bridge family in September 2022 by welcoming new students and new families to our school.

A Anderson Principal 

Head Girl Welcome

As Head Girl of New-Bridge Integrated College I would like to welcome you to our school. I feel incredibly privileged and proud to, not only be Head Girl, but to be a student here at New-Bridge. I am currently studying A-Level English Literature, Drama and Art and have thoroughly enjoyed my A-Level study over the last two years. I am ready to take the next step in my life and move onto Queen’s University Belfast to study Drama and Literature, with the strong foundations that New-Bridge has helped me build.

I feel so grateful for everything New-Bridge has given me and the amazing opportunities I have been provided with, which started in my first year of the school and have continued into this, my final year. For example, in October my dreams of seeing myself on the big screen became a reality when I was invited to the participate in an Integrated Education documentary titled ‘Integration through the eyes of young people’.

I enjoy being able to guide and support younger pupils in the school and help welcome them into the New-Bridge family. Our sixth form take a leading role in supporting younger pupils in the school whether that’s in their work or in the extra-curricular life of the school. I know from speaking to my younger brother James in Year 11 that he has really valued the support he has received from older pupils in our school too.

I know I am tolerant, inclusive and appreciate diversity because of my privilege of an Integrated educational experience and I also know that this will further support me in my chosen career path when I move into the diverse world of work.  Students here at New-Bridge develop their skills of tolerance and empathy as pupils here and soon realise how special our school is, in preparing us for the future. I hope to see you all soon!

Cara

Head Boy Welcome

My name is Shane and I am Head Boy at New-Bridge Integrated College. Our school has provided me with so many fantastic opportunities to achieve success both academically and as an individual. This year I am studying English, Maths, Drama, and History and I am hoping to study Drama and Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast next year. I am the youngest of three siblings in my family to leave New-Bridge for university and I can tell you we all share in the same enthusiasm for our school! My sister Tara left New-Bridge to study Astrophysics at Queen’s University Belfast while my brother studies Medicine also at Queen’s University Belfast, so I can certainly say New-Bridge is the “School for all the family”

I feel very grateful to New-Bridge for the recognition it has always provided with me from my awards for GCSE results to the increased roles of responsibility I have really enjoyed as a senior pupil in New-Bridge, such as becoming a Year Mentor for the new Year 8 students as well as representing the school throughout the year.

The outstanding opportunities provided to me, as well as the excellent teaching and support, have laid the foundations for the next stage of my life at university. Due to the opportunities provided, I have been fortunate enough to run a business as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme, become an Anti-Bullying Ambassador, and joining many extra-curricular groups such as the Scholars’ Programme, Oxford University Summer School and involving myself diligently in the music and drama departments and the wonderful extracurricular provision they make for all of our pupils.  At our school I have always been passionate about our inclusive integrated ethos, which reflects the motto ‘A School for All the Family’. I know as a part of our school community you will thrive in New-Bridge and good luck for your future years.

Shane

“New-Bridge Integrated is an integrated all-ability school. We are committed to ensuring that all our pupils are provided with the opportunity to achieve to their full educational potential in a challenging and stimulating environment in which they all feel cherished and valued” 

Our College Aims
and College Prayer

  • To enable our pupils to grow mature in their own beliefs, culture and tradition 
  • To promote peace and reconciliation by actively seeking knowledge and understanding of other beliefs, cultures and traditions                  
  • To develop in our pupils the self-esteem and self-discipline necessary for responsible citizenship in a pluralistic society 
  • To provide a challenging and stimulating environment in which the academic, sporting and personal success of pupils is promoted and celebrated 
  •  To cherish, nurture and respect each other regardless of race, gender or other differences 
  • To encourage individual spiritual development and to work and pray for peace in our lives 
  • To promote the involvement of all members of the College community, whether governors, parents, pupils or staff in the development of the College 
  • To foster a caring and responsible attitude to the College and the local environment 
  • To create effective links between the College and the wider community 

Our Staff

Mrs Anderson Principal

Mrs Harbinson Vice Principal (Care, Welfare and Learning)

Mr Thompson Senior Teacher

Mrs E Cordner College Bursar

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