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New £4.6 million school for Carryduff


St Joseph’s Primary School

St Joseph’s Primary School

St Joseph’s Primary School

St Joseph’s Primary School


St Joseph’s Primary School

A new £4.6 million school has officially opened in Carryduff, south Belfast. St Joseph’s Primary School held a gala ceremony to celebrate the completion of its new building and playground facilities.

The Down and Connor Diocesan Public Private Partnership (PPP) project has delivered an innovatively designed school and nursery unit for up to 472 children.

Speaking after the ceremony, Principal Mr Dominic Donnelly said,

‘We are delighted with the new buildings which have far exceeded our expectations. We would like to thank all those who have helped us from the inception of this project to its completion.

“The children and staff will now have access to state of the art resources and technology which will help to enhance further the quality of teaching and learning within the school.

“A significant investment has been made in the school’s ICT infrastructure and all children now have access to interactive whiteboards, a fully equipped computer suite as well as being able to work independently on computers that are clustered in designated learning areas adjacent to all classrooms.

“The provision of the new school will have a beneficial impact upon the whole community and we look forward to many happy years educating and inspiring generations of children in our stunning new buildings”.

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Mr Jim Clarke, Acting Chief Executive for the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) said: “Since it first opened in 1955 St Joseph’s Primary School has consistently fostered an inclusive and supportive ethos which encourages every child to develop and achieve.

“Only last year the Education and Training Inspectorate recognised the quality of education at St Joseph’s as ‘outstanding’.

“The new building will further enhance these characteristics to ensure that this and future generations of young people will continue to have the best possible start in life. The children of St Joseph’s and their parents can be justifiably proud of this wonderful, modern facility.”

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