About Sperrin College
Sperrin Integrated College is a co-educational, all ability grant maintained integrated College located on the outskirts of Magherafelt. The College was established in 2002 following parental demand for Integrated Education in the Mid-Ulster and surrounding districts. Sperrin Integrated College now attracts pupils from a wide catchment area, across the Mid Ulster Region and beyond. To the North of Magherafelt, the College educates pupils from Maghera, Tobermore, Knockloughrim, Bellaghy, Tamlagh O’ Crilly, Kilrea and surrounding areas. To the South, the school serves a wide geographic area from Moneymore, Cookstown, the Loup, Coagh and Lissan. To the East pupils travel from Toome, Randalstown and Antrim Town and Districts.
As an integrated school Sperrin, strives to promote equality of opportunity for all pupils, a desire for learning and encourage partnerships with parents, to ensure all pupils reach their full potential. The approach to learning focusses on pupils developing the necessary dispositions required to pursue educational excellence; therefore, our College motto is, ‘Pursuing Excellence Together’.
The integrated ethos is an integral part of College life and permeates all aspects of the school. The College currently has an approved admissions number of 80 and an enrolment number of 500. Initially, the College opened with 51 pupils and 6 teachers. The intake reflects the truly integrated nature of our College with a religious balance of 41% Protestant ,41% Catholic and 18% other, of the pupil population. This religious balance is also reflected in the governance, leadership team, and staff at Sperrin.
Sperrin College offers pupils an enriching experience by providing them with opportunities to develop not only their own cultural identity but to share and learn from their peers. Pupils develop a deep understanding of the richness of cultural and religious diversity by working alongside, in the same school, those of different views and faiths. They are provided, within the curriculum and the extra-curricular programme opportunities that cultivate their understanding of themselves and others. Our pupils develop confidence and self -worth and have respectful attitudes to others.
The curriculum and learning experience, engages pupils by making relevant connections to teenage life and the world of work. Assessment for and of learning rests at the heart of what we do and is crucial in helping us move our pupils forward in their learning. In evaluating the learning experience, we utilise the pupil and parent voice, this ensures the curriculum is fresh and relevant to all our learners needs and the needs of the economy.
Our staff continuously develop their skills to respond to the ever-changing landscape of education. We create a stimulating learning environment where academic study and intellectual pursuits are cherished and valued. We recognise and develop the unique potential of each individual pupil ensuring that stretch and challenge is coupled with the necessary support. This in turn enables our pupils to become questioning, independent, reflective young people who can appropriately use their knowledge to understand, interpret and interact with today’s society.