Schools to benefit as part of £134m enhancement plan

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Two local primary schools are set to benefit as part of a £134million school enhancement scheme announced by Education Minister, John O’Dowd, last week.

Maine Integrated Primary School in Randalstown, and Anahorish Primary School, Toomebridge, are two out of 52 schools who have successfully obtained funding for refurbishment or extension projects.

In October, the Department of Education announced the schools had been successful in the initial application process. However, each project was then subject to an Economic Appraisal before final approval could be given.

Julian Costelloe, principal of Maine IPS, spoke of his delight that the school will be benefiting from the funding announced by the Department of Education.

“Our enrolment has grown every year since we were formed and we are glad this has been recognised by the department with the financial support they are providing,” Mr Costelloe said.

He added: “We have always achieved academic results well above the national average in Literacy and Numeracy and soon we hope to have buildings and facilities to match our academic excellence.

“I have been assured that work will commence before the end of the calendar year and we are very much looking forward to seeing the children benefit from the buildings and facilities they deserve.

“The staff and governors have been campaigning for a long time for this so it is very pleasing to get confirmation that building will be going ahead.”

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