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16 Northern Ireland schools awarded £40m for improvements

Sixteen Northern Ireland schools have been awarded a combined £40million to enhance their buildings.

The award has been made out of the Department for Education's school enhancement programme.

Schools can benefit from refurbishment or extension projects, valued between £500,000 and £5m.

Nine primary schools, five secondaries and two special schools were announced on Monday as receiving the cash in the second call for the programme.

Department permanent secretary, Derek Baker, said: “This is a significant investment in our schools estate with a further 16 projects now progressing to planning stage.

"The school enhancement programme continues to provide much-needed improvements and new accommodation for the benefit of our young people and staff.

“Continued investment in our schools estate is essential if we are to help support our teaching staff to deliver a quality education to our children and young people.”

The 16 schools who have been informed their applications have been approved to planning stage are:

Primary schools

  • Antrim Primary School
  • Ballyclare Primary School
  • Dungannon Primary School
  • Fairview Primary School, Ballyclare
  • Glengormley CI Primary School
  • St Brides Primary School, Belfast
  • St Joseph’s Primary School, Belfast
  • St Mary’s Primary School, Newtownbutler
  • The Thompson PS, Ballyrobert

Secondary schools

  • Dominican College, Portstewart
  • Methodist College, Belfast
  • St Columbanus’ College, Bangor
  • St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ GS, Belfast
  • St Patrick’s & St Brigid’s College, Claudy

Special schools

  • Kilronan School, Magherafelt
  • Lisanally School, Armagh

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