Green light for Our Lady’s £3m extension

January 30, 2017

Work is expected to commence shortly on a new £3m extension project to Our Lady’s Grammar School in Newry.

Education Minister Peter Weir announced on Wednesday last that the school is one of four to benefit from a £10m investment under the School Enhancement Programme (SEP).

The project at Our Lady’s will involve the construction of a new stand-alone extension consisting of three-room Technology and Design Suite, incorporating three general classrooms; and refurbishment of existing accommodation to provide a new two-room ICT suite, sixth form study and general classroom.  The entire scheme will cost £3.275m.

Minister Weir said the work “will enhance the working and learning environment for pupils and school staff”.

“Improving the schools estate is a priority for me and the School Enhancement Programme is an excellent way of delivering capital work projects which have an immediate positive impact on the schools, staff and pupils,” he added.

The School Enhancement Programme provides funding for projects costing between £500,000 and £4m and is aimed to meet “the immediate and pressing needs” of schools where major capital works are not deemed deliverable.