A land dispute that has seen students locked out of school classrooms looks set to drag on into the coming week.
A gathering was held yesterday to try and resolve the debacle, but a spokeswoman for the school said this “didn’t come to any real conclusion”.
Representatives from Hazelwood Integrated College, the Belfast Education and Library Board (BELB) and the Department of Education were present at the meeting, and another is now planned for Monday.
The school has found itself locked out of around 18 mobile classrooms.
The dispute stems from the fact the land is owned by BELB, and it is understood no lease was in hand to use it. It is also believed permission was yet to be obtained from the Department of Education by the time the furore erupted.
According to principal Kathleen Gormley, Hazelwood last year had around 120 more pupils than it was built for.
They also had an unusually good crop of GCSE results, meaning more then stayed on for sixth year.
Today the school has 893 pupils, including some with special needs.
According to Mrs Gormley, the dispute has led to pupils having to be taught in unorthodox venues such as the assembly hall, principal’s office, and even outdoors.
She added that the row, which happened on their first week back, had already left her “exhausted”.