Financial boost for Lisburn schools

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Two Lisburn schools will receive a welcome financial boost as part of Stormont’s School Enhancement Programme.

Education Minister John O’Dowd has announced that Wallace High School and St Patrick’s Academy in Lisburn are two of the twelve schools that will share in the £35 million investment to enhance school buildings.

St Patrick’s Academy will receive £3.7 million and Wallace High School will receive £3.2 million.

Making the announcement, the Minister said: “This £35 million investment is an investment in the future of our young people. The improved and new accommodation will provide better facilities for young people to learn in and an improved working environment for all the school staff.

“Ongoing investment in our schools’ estate is essential if we are to continue to provide a high quality education and today’s announcement has been made possible by an increase in the DE capital budget of £46.9 million or 32% in FY16/17.

“Thirty four SEP projects are already in construction or have been completed. Construction work for these 12 additional projects will proceed in the FY16/17 financial year. Of course, this level of investment also provides a significant boost for the local construction industry and in turn, the local economy.”

Read more about the plans the schools have for the money they have been allocated in next week’s Star.