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Our Lady’s granted £3 million funding

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Our Lady’s granted £3 million funding thumbnailOUR Lady's principal Fiona McAlinden.

OUR Lady's Grammar School has been granted £3.275 million under the School Enhancement Programme (SEP).

The improvement scheme was given approval to move to the construction phase by the Education Minister Peter Weir, last week.

The project involves the construction of a new standalone extension consisting of a three room Technology and Design Suite, incorporating three general classrooms, and the refurbishment of the existing accommodation.

The refurbishment of the old building will also provide the opportunity to include a two room ICT Suite, a six form study and a general classroom.

Our Lady's Principal Fiona McAlinden, welcomed the funding and said the new facilities will allow the Newry school to offer pupils an even better "all round educational experience".

“Planning for this project originally began back in 2002 and building was eventually scheduled to commence in 2008," she explained.

“Unfortunately, due to Department of Education budget issues at the time that resulted in a withdrawal of funding, the work was put on hold.

“A new application to the SEP was made in 2014 and I am delighted that work on this much needed extension will finally go ahead.

“Thank you to our former Principal Geraldine Pettigrew, Bursar Denise Close and Head of Design and Technology Thomas Hackett for their hard work in securing this funding."

Improvement schemes at St Malachy's College, Belfast, St Michael's College, Enniskillen, and Slemish Integrated College, Ballymena, were also given the thumbs up.

The total investment has been valued at over £10 million.

“Improving the schools estate is a priority for me and the SEP is an excellent way of delivering capital work projects which have an immediate positive impact on the schools, staff and pupils," said the Education Minister.

The SEP was announced in 2013 for projects costing between £500,000 and £4 million. The programme is targeted to meet the immediate and pressing needs in schools where major capital works are not deemed viable.

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