Oakgrove Integrated College
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2008)|
|Type||Integrated secondary school|
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|Colours||Navy, Maroon & Yellow|
Oakgrove Integrated College is an integrated secondary school based in Derry, Northern Ireland. The all-ability school was founded in 1992 with the hope of integrating young people from both sides of Northern Ireland's religious divide and giving all of its students 'self-esteem'.
Northern Ireland is viewed as a divided place, a country where adults and children can be separated on religious, social and political grounds. Oakgrove, and other integrated institutions like it have been used in the country to try to offer a middle ground for parents who want their children to learn in a safe, and unbiased environment.
The foundations at Oakgrove are based on the ethos that everyone is equal and has the right not to be discriminated against in any way, particularly with regard to religious or cultural identity, gender or ability. The college aims to do this by developing the self-esteem of each member of the school's community. This underpins both the academic and the social education of the students.
- "Oakgrove College, 'Our school'". Retrieved 2006-10-03.