DUP MLA Maurice Bradley has welcomed an announcement from Education Minister, Peter Weir MLA that a local school is to benefit from a major capital works programme.
St Conor’s College, Kilrea has been named in the Minister’s Major Capital Works programme.
St Conor’s College is an amalgamated college and was formerly St Mary’s College, Clady and St Paul’s College, Kilrea.
Bradley, a member of Stormont’s Education Committee, described the investment as ‘welcome news’.
“Many of our schools within East Londonderry require major investment, but this is a good starting point.
“The Minister today announced nine projects that would be taken through to design stage, representing an investment of £156 million.
“It is vital that our children have schools that are fit for purpose and provide the right environments for learning and I am hopeful that further projects will be brought forward in the East Londonderry area in the coming months.”
Education Minister Peter Weir has today announced nine schools to advance in design under the Major Capital Works Programme.
Three primary schools and six post-primary schools will benefit from an estimated capital investment of £156 million.
Speaking in the Assembly, the Minister said: “I am today announcing nine school projects to advance in design under the Major Capital Works Programme, which will result in an investment in the region of £156 million in the schools’ estate.
“Improving the schools’ estate is one of my priorities and in the current unprecedented and difficult times, I hope this latest announcement regarding major capital investment will send a strong signal to the local construction industry and local communities that the Department of Education is planning for the future and is committed to supporting the local economy and the wider community through the delivery of our capital programme.”
Concluding, Peter Weir said: “My Department’s capital programme aims to ensure that all our young people are educated in school facilities which are safe, secure and fit-for-purpose, enabling them to receive the quality education experience required to help them to fulfil their potential.
“This announcement today represents another strand of the overall capital programme and follows my announcement in May of funding of a further sixteen projects under the School Enhancement Programme.”
Holy Trinity Primary School, Enniskillen
St Catherine’s Primary School, Strabane
St Mary’s Primary School, Craigavon (Derrymore Road)
All Saints College, Belfast
Blessed Trinity College, Belfast
St Conor’s College, Coleraine
St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel
St Patrick’s College, Maghera
Tandragee Junior High School, Tandragee.