Two Derry schools, one Catholic and one Protestant, are among the first three shared education campuses to proceed to the planning stage, Education Minister John O’Dowd has announced.
The project, believed to be in the region of £8 million, will provide two new facilities – a shared sixth form centre on the St Mary’s school site and a shared Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) centre on the Limavady High School site.
Announcing approval for the development, Mr O’Dowd said shared education had the potential to deliver real educational benefits, to ensure best use of resources and to further community cohesion.
He added: “The Shared Education Campuses Programme provides schools with the opportunity to build on existing sharing arrangements and access funding to help improve or provide shared facilities.
“We received a significant level of interest in this programme with 16 applications.
“I am pleased to be in a position to announce the first three projects to be supported.”
The other two shared educational campuses will be for Moy Regional Primary School and St John’s Primary School, Moy and Ballycastle High School and Cross and Passion College in Co Antrim.