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Principals confident move to get go-ahead

By Brendan McDaid

The principals of two Londonderry schools, waiting to hear whether their move to a split campus will go ahead, said they are confident they will pass any test set by the Education Minister.

Foyle College and Ebrington Primary School have been waiting for a decision on whether their move to a new site in the Clooney area of the Waterside will go ahead.

The two schools were among 60 in Northern Ireland audited last year and were told that they met the sustainability compliance criteria.

They had been expecting an announcement, but a wider review of schools could cause a delay. Ebrington began the school year with a leak in its 50-year-old building. Foyle College has been waiting on a new school for 16 years and the University of Ulster has submitted plans to take over the sites.

Minister John O’Dowd this week announced an immediate audit to identify schools which are not educationally viable across Northern Ireland. Ebrington principal Nigel Dougherty said: “The minister’s statement leaves us in a very strong position in terms of schools that are viable and sustainable.”

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