Go ahead for £134m school renovations

Go ahead for £134m school renovations

Dozens of schools have been awarded funding from the Department of Education for refurbishment projects.

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 AcademySt Malachy's College, BelfastMaine Integrated Primary School, RandalstownSt Patrick's Grammar School, ArmaghOur Lady's Grammar School, NewryNew-Bridge Integrated College, BanbridgeFriends School, LisburnAcorn Integrated Primary School, CarrickfergusDalriada School, BallymoneyMillennium Integrated Primary SchoolSt Michael's College, EnniskillenBelfast High SchoolSullivan Upper School, HolywoodSt Louis Grammar School, BallymenaMount Lourdes Grammar SchoolBallyclare Secondary SchoolBallymoney High SchoolErne Integrated College, EnniskillenSt Columb's College, DerryMalone Integrated College, BelfastRainey Endowed School, MagherafeltCeara Special School, LurganDonard Special School, BanbridgeRathore Special School, NewryThe Armstrong Primary School, ArmaghMillington Primary School, PortadownVictoria College, BelfastSt Joseph's Grammar School, DonaghmoreMethodist College, BelfastKnockevin Special School, DownpatrickSacred Heart Grammar School, NewrySt Aidan's/St Bernadette's Primary Schools, BelfastDe la Salle College, BelfastBroadbridge Primary School, DerryAnahorish Primary School, ToomebridgeSt Bernard's Primary School, NewtownabbeySt Joseph's Primary School, NewcastleKillean Primary School, NewrySt Killian's College, BallymenaSt Mark's High School, WarrenpointColeraine Academical InstitutionWillow Bridge Primary School, EnniskillenNew Buildings Primary School, DerrySlemish College, BallymenaStrandtown Primary School, BelfastSt Mary's Grammar School, MagherafeltWallace High School, LisburnIntegrated College, DungannonLoreto Grammar School, OmaghSaintfield High SchoolSt Patrick's Academy, Lisburn


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