St. Columb’s College to benefit from boost

St. Columb's College, Buncrana Road. DER0115MC062
St. Columb's College, Buncrana Road. DER0115MC062

St. Columb’s College in Derry has been named among six schools from across Northern Ireland to receive funding under the School Enhancement Project scheme.

The announcement of £14m additional funding was made on Wednesday by Education Minister Jonathan O’Dowd, who also earmarked schools in Newry, Newtownabbey, Belfast, Toomebridge and Magherafelt for improvement works.

Speaking today about his decision, the Minister said: “I am delighted to announce that a further six schemes with a total value of £14million, can now proceed.

“Ongoing investment in our schools estate is essential if we are to continue to provide a quality education environment. The School Enhancement Programme is an important way of providing this much needed accommodation.”

The School Enhancement Programme (SEP) was announced in 2013 for construction projects costing between £500,000 and £4,000,000. The programme is targeted to meet the immediate and pressing needs in schools, through smaller scale works.

Welcoming the announcement local MLA Raymond McCartney said: “These improvement schemes will ensure the schools will be fit for purpose and I will continue to work with all local schools to see more schemes implemented in the area.

“These latest works announcement will also be a boost to the local construction industry and I hope to see the builders on site in the near future.”