EDUCATION Minister Peter Weir has announced 18 schools – including St Louis Grammar in Ballymena – which will advance in planning under the second call to the School Enhancement Programme (SEP).
Twelve primary schools, five post-primary schools and one special school will benefit from an estimated capital investment of £45 million.
The Minister made the announcement in the Assembly and said: “This is a significant investment which will deliver much needed capital investment in the schools estate.
“More importantly, this is an investment in the future of our young people and will enhance the quality of their learning experience, leading to better educational opportunities and outcomes.
“Improving the schools estate is a priority for me and the SEP scheme is an excellent way of delivering capital work projects which have an immediate positive impact on the schools, staff and pupils and, indeed, local communities.”
To date, 41 projects have been announced to advance in planning under the second call to the School Enhancement Project.
This follows 50 schools which benefitted from investment under the first SEP call.
Concluding Peter Weir said: “Today’s announcement is not only good news for pupils and schools but it will also represent a welcome boost to the economy, especially the construction industry.
“In addition to this SEP announcement, I intend to continue to advance the programme of major capital builds as well as a programme of much needed minor works across the estate. I will also look to invest in maintenance works across all schools.”
Design work will begin immediately with construction work expected to start in 2022/23.
The list of schools which will advance to planning under SEP are:
Botanic PS, Belfast
Carrick PS, Lurgan
Cliftonville Controlled Integrated PS, Belfast
Glencraig Controlled Integrated PS
Holy Child PS, Londonderry
Kilcooley PS, Bangor
St John the Baptist PS, Belfast
St Kieran’s PS, Dunmurry
St Paul’s PS, Mica Drive, Belfast
Glastry College, Ballyhalbert
St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena
St Patrick’s College, Maghera
Sullivan Upper School, Holywood
Victoria College, Belfast
Riverside School, Antrim
The School Enhancement programme is for capital schemes costing between £500,000 and £4,000,000.
A first list of 25 schools to advance in planning under SEP2 was announced on 8 May 2018; with a second tranche of 16 schools announced by the on 21 January 2019.