St Killian’s College has received confirmation from the Department of Education that their bid from the School Enhancement Programme (SEP) has been successful in reaching the final stage of approval. The College will receive a significant investment in terms of a full size (440m2) Sports Hall, Music suite, an extension to the Technology and Design suite and the development of an 1800m2 play area.
This confirms St Killian’s as a central school within the Catholic family of schools in the Glens and East Antrim. Indeed, as other schools in the area move towards amalgamation and rationalisation, St Killian’s will be progressing at a pace to ensure the accommodation that it requires will be in place to develop the full potential of every student.
The Minister, John O’Dowd said: “Continued investment in our schools’ estates is essential if we are to help support our teaching staff to deliver a quality education to our children and young people. Since taking up my post I have given approval to proceed with 40 new school-build projects representing an investment in the region of £350million. It is good news for the pupils, staff and wider communities of the schools due to benefit from this significant investment and will be welcomed as a much needed boost to the construction sector over the coming years.”
This investment in the College will ensure that the already High Quality of Learning and Teaching, which was recognised and endorsed by the ETI in their recent report, will be further enhanced ensuring that the students who attend St Killian’s will continue to receive a top class education.
Principal Jonny Brady said, ‘This is another great news story for the College which is continuing to develop both in reputation and in student numbers, obviously this investment echoes this growth. There is no doubt that the additional investment will make the College the most modern school in the area as well as the most stylish and fit for purpose school in the area. The development programme will ensure we provide our young people with the best possible educational facilities and experience within the budget available.’