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Sunday 1 May 2016

O’Dowd officially opens new sixth form centre at Beechlawn School

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Education

Published 12/09/2013

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has visited Beechlawn School in Hillsborough where he officially opened their new sixth form centre.

Beechlawn is a co-educational school catering for pupils with additional educational needs. Earlier this year the Minister approved a proposal to establish a sixth form centre at the school at the start of this academic year.

During his visit he had the opportunity to meet with some of the new sixth form pupils and their parents. He was also given a tour of the school facilities and met with the Principal, staff and representatives from the Board of Governors.

The Minister said: “It is a pleasure to visit Beechlawn School today and I would like to thank the Principal, Barbara Green, her staff and all the pupils for their warm welcome.

“This academic year marks the start of a new and exciting chapter in the life of Beechlawn School as we see the opening of the new sixth form centre.

“The proposal to establish the new sixth form came to me earlier this year and, having carefully considered the information and evidence at my disposal, I was pleased to be in a position to approve it.

“The establishment of post-16 provision at Beechlawn School will allow the young people to continue their academic careers, while also receiving the additional specialist support that is so important to help them develop their life and social skills.”

In conclusion the Minister said: “I want to congratulate all those who have worked so hard to establish the new sixth form centre and wish everyone at the school every success for the year ahead.”

Notes to editors:

1. The Department of Education’s ‘Education Works’ campaign encourages families to play, talk, read and count with their child and to ‘Get Involved Because Education Works’. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit for more information.

Watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel:

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