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Catholic secondary school's expansion approved

By Staff Reporter

A Catholic secondary school has been authorised to expand.

Holy Trinity College in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, will now be able to increase its enrolment to 1,300 pupils, including a phased increase in admission over a three-year period starting from September 2016.

Education Minister John O'Dowd visited the school in January along with Holy Trinity Primary School, and praised both institutions as delivering "excellent education to local children and young people".

Mr O'Dowd added: "In January 2013 I announced that a major capital project for Holy Trinity College could be advanced in planning.

"This development proposal is linked to that process," he said.

"I am now able to confirm that the new school will cater for up to 1,300 pupils. Looking further ahead, this increase will help to meet the demand for places in the Mid-Ulster area in the longer term."

Meanwhile, Mr O'Dowd yesterday officially opened new facilities for Irish language school Gaelscoil na Speirini, Straw, in Co Derry.

On Tuesday, he refused the expansion of Roan St Patrick's Primary School in Co Tyrone.

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