The first sod has been cut on a major project to build new facilities at the Limavady Shared Education Campus.
The project represents an investment of over £11million by the Department of Education across the St. Mary’s and Limavady High School sites.
The scheme will include 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.
Leah and Clara welcome Mr Weir to the shared campus.
Speaking at the event, Education Minister Peter Weir said it was a 'significant milestone'.
“I welcome the £11million investment which is a significant milestone for both the St. Mary’s and Limavady High School sites," he said.
"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.
East Derry MLA Claire Sugden said the partnership should provide a template for other schools to work collaboratively.
"Visiting both schools, it was great to see kids not fussed and getting on with it – because sharing space is normal, no big deal and as it should be," she said.
"For too long our children have been separated throughout their education – not because they wanted to be but because of the system and culture in Northern Ireland.
"Schools will need further support in and investment this respect, and I am delighted that this investment has been made by the Executive.
“It bodes well for the future – both for our schools and for wider society here.”
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