Area Learning Community

Newry and Mourne Area Learning Community (ALC) has been established to develop further post-primary education provision in the area it serves in a manner which promotes a culture of collaboration and respect for cultural diversity.

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Whilst the community recognises the autonomy and ethos of the individual schools, the education providers of the area will progress the aspirations of the Entitlement Framework and support the implementation of the community’s strategic planning.

**(Click on the link to view the Area Learning Community information flyer).

The community’s strategic intent is to act as advocate for all of the young people of the area, developing an agreed framework of educational provision which provides equality of opportunity for all achievement and progression and an agreed framework of holistic education.

St Mark’s is an active member of Newry and Mourne Area Learning Community. Collaborating with sixteen other local schools and learning providers the community strives to offer greater choice and flexibility for all post-primary learners aged 14 and above. Pupils will have access to learning pathways that offer a broader and more flexible curriculum so that they can choose a blend of courses including traditional academic and vocational courses which best meets their needs, aptitudes, aspirations and interests.

In the current academic year St Mark’s has extended its curriculum provisions at GCSE and GCE ‘A’ Level by collaborating with:

– St Colman’s College Newry: A-level Music and Technology & Design
– Southern Regional College: Btec Sport and Occupational Studies
– St Mary’s High School Newry: A-level Media Studies, Btec Child Care, Btec Sport, Geography, Biology and Mathematics.