The Board of Governors at Bocombra Primary School has voted unanimously to keep the current Dickson Plan system of education.
At a meeting last Thursday, members officially put on record their support for Option B.
Under Option B, the junior highs and Portadown College would remain as they are and a new school would be built in central Craigavon combining the Portadown and Lurgan campuses of Craigavon Senior High.
Principal Mark Vallelly said the governors were representing parents and “that was very clearly the message from them”.
A public meeting is expected to be held within the next two weeks at which parents will have the chance to put forward their views and have their questions answered.
He said the meeting was in the planning stage and he was not yet sure if other schools would be involved.
He said, “We want to make it clear to the SELB that this is our consensus. Parents have been expressing deep concern about what might happen with Option A. There is no academic option for our more able children.”
Under Option A, the preferred choice of the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB), Killicomaine, Clounagh and Tandragee junior highs would be united under a single board of governors while Portadown College and Craigavon Senior High would become a bilateral, 14-18 school.
Mr Vallelly added that 99 per cent of the school’s 339 pupils go “straight down the hill” to Killicomaine.
He said, “We have a system which really works well. Children move seamlessly on from primary school to year eight. There is no requirement to do the transfer test. The children get three more years to discover a whole new range of subjects and are then in a position to choose.
“Our worry is that if Option A goes ahead, there will be a leaching out of the more academic children to grammar schools out of the area and that would dictate the type of education in Portadown.
“Parents are showing good sense and waiting to see what happens but the real fear is that parents will not want to go through years of turbulence and will send their children further afield. It’s about what is best for the child.”