Minister cuts sod on £11m shared education campus which aims to set example in good community relations

Education Minister Peter Weir has cut the first sod on an £11m shared education campus in Limavady which aims to set a good example in promoting good community relations.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 3:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 4:01 pm
Education Minister Peter Weir visiting Limavady Shared Education Campus to cut the first sod on the new £11 million scheme. Included are students Leah Craig and Clara Clements and principals Rita Moore, St. Mary’s, and Darren Mornin, Limavady High School.

Limavady High School and St Mary’s High School will share a range of new facilities including;-

:: A new high-tech building for science, technology, engineering and mathematics students

:: New study/common rooms for careers, drama, media and sixth form pupils

:: and reconfiguring and upgrading existing school office accommodation, staff rooms, science & technology rooms and planning/manufacturing rooms.

Speaking at the event, Mr Weir said the Minister said: “I understand that shared education has been in existence between St. Mary’s and Limavady High since the 1970s. It is clear to me that the Limavady Shared Campus is leading the way for others to follow. I hope the use of these shared facilities will promote good relations and equip the children and young people of Limavady to meet the challenges of being an adult in a shared society.”

He added: “I welcome the £11million investment which is a significant milestone for both the St. Mary’s and Limavady High School sites. Once completed, these new facilities will provide much needed education benefits for pupils, staff, teachers, parents and for the wider community.”

The Limavady Shared Education Campus Project was selected as part of the first call to the Shared Education Campus Programme in 2015 and announced as a project to receive funding from the Fresh Start Programme in March 2016.

Mr Weir added:“I appreciate that schools are very much the hub of any community. I expect that this investment will have a major impact not only on the school community but also on the wider local community, promoting good relations, and creating many positive outcomes.”

Mr Weir also thanked everyone involved in bringing the project to this stage and wished pupils, staff and the school management “every success” as they embark on the new chapter in their history.

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