Newtownabbey schools express interest in shared education programme

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A further six projects involving 20 schools have expressed their interest in the second call of the Shared Education Campuses Programme.

The Shared Education Campuses Programme was launched in January 2014.

Three projects were successful in the first call to progress to business case stage.

A second call for expressions of interest opened on October 1 2014 with a deadline of January 30 2015.

Welcoming the interest shown in the programme, Education Minister John O’Dowd commented: “Shared education has the potential to deliver real educational benefits, to ensure best use of resources and to further community cohesion.

“This Programme provides schools with the opportunity to build on existing sharing arrangements and access funding to help improve or provide shared facilities. I thank everyone involved in submitting their applications, which include four applications from the previous call.

“The proposals will undergo feasibility studies and economic appraisals with funding subject to agreement on access to required capital funding. I hope to announce the successful projects in June 2015.”

Local schools which have expressed an interest in the shared education campus programme are Edmund Rice College, Hazelwood Integrated College and Cedar Lodge School. Other schools which have also expressed a desire to form part of the IQ Centre North Belfast are Belfast Boys’ Model School, Belfast Model School for Girls, Belfast Royal Academy, Dominican College, Little Flower Girls’ School, Mercy College, St Malachy’s College and St Patrick’s College.