Go ahead for £134m school renovations

Published Tuesday, 18 March 2014
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Dozens of schools have been awarded funding from the Department of Education for refurbishment projects.

Go ahead for £134m school renovations
Education Minister John O'Dowd made the announcement on Tuesday. (© UTV)

A total of 51 school refurbishment projects costing between £500,000 and £4m each have been approved by Education Minister John O'Dowd.

The School Enhancement Programme was established in January 2013 to enable the refurbishment or extension of school buildings.

The Sinn Féin MLA has given the green light to cost £134m worth of construction work.

He said that not only schools, pupils, staff and parents will benefit, but the projects give a much-needed boost to the construction industry too.

"Continued investment in our schools estate is essential if we are to help support our teaching staff to deliver a quality education to our children and young people. Since taking up my post I have given approval to proceed with 40 new school-build projects representing an investment in the region of £350million," the minister said.

"However, I have previously made it clear that the limited capital budget available means that we also need to do more with the existing estate. That is why I established the Schools Enhancement Programme with a view to refurbishing and extending some of our school buildings."

The list of approved schools is as follows:

Belfast Royal Academy

St Malachy's College, Belfast

Maine Integrated Primary School, Randalstown

St Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh

Our Lady's Grammar School, Newry

New-Bridge Integrated College, Banbridge

Friends School, Lisburn

Acorn Integrated Primary School, Carrickfergus

Dalriada School, Ballymoney

Millennium Integrated Primary School

St Michael's College, Enniskillen

Belfast High School

Sullivan Upper School, Holywood

St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena

Mount Lourdes Grammar School

Ballyclare Secondary School

Ballymoney High School

Erne Integrated College, Enniskillen

St Columb's College, Derry

Malone Integrated College, Belfast

Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt

Ceara Special School, Lurgan

Donard Special School, Banbridge

Rathore Special School, Newry

The Armstrong Primary School, Armagh

Millington Primary School, Portadown

Victoria College, Belfast

St Joseph's Grammar School, Donaghmore

Methodist College, Belfast

Knockevin Special School, Downpatrick

Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry

St Aidan's/St Bernadette's Primary Schools, Belfast

De la Salle College, Belfast

Broadbridge Primary School, Derry

Anahorish Primary School, Toomebridge

St Bernard's Primary School, Newtownabbey

St Joseph's Primary School, Newcastle

Killean Primary School, Newry

St Killian's College, Ballymena

St Mark's High School, Warrenpoint

Coleraine Academical Institution

Willow Bridge Primary School, Enniskillen

New Buildings Primary School, Derry

Slemish College, Ballymena

Strandtown Primary School, Belfast

St Mary's Grammar School, Magherafelt

Wallace High School, Lisburn

Integrated College, Dungannon

Loreto Grammar School, Omagh

Saintfield High School

St Patrick's Academy, Lisburn

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4 Comments
Ady in Tyrone wrote (183 days ago):
@I in Belfast... "Why"? Quite probably due to the fact that so many Catholic schools had been denied equal funding over the years and are more in need of refurbishment. Hope this answers your little query.
cazza in belfast wrote (183 days ago):
what about the protestant primary schools in Belfast I don, t seem to c any on it??????
john in Glengormley wrote (183 days ago):
first comment had to be about religion. get a life
l in belfast wrote (183 days ago):
not much for the protestant community why
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