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O’Dowd visits Rossmar Special School in Limavady

24 May, 2012 - by John O'Dowd

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, today visited Rossmar Special School in Limavady to meet with pupils, staff and governors.

The school caters for pupils with a wide range of learning difficulties from the ages of three to 19.

Speaking after his visit, the Minister said: “Rossmar Special School offers a very positive educational experience to its pupils, which is evidenced in the high levels of attainment they achieve. I am impressed by the leadership of the school Principal and his hardworking, committed and caring staff and by the support offered by the Board of Governors.

“I recognise that many of our schools, including special schools, are in urgent need of capital investment. Indeed, during my visit I had the opportunity to meet with pupils and hear their views on the accommodation at Rossmar.

“I fully expect the area plans, which will be consulted on later in the year, to reflect this need. Schemes emerging from the area planning process will be able to compete for any available capital funding. However, as I highlighted to the Assembly last week, I am looking at the reduced capital budget available to me and will be making an announcement shortly on the way ahead.”

In conclusion the Minister said: “I have recently visited a number of special schools throughout the North and I am always struck by their caring ethos and the invaluable role that they play in offering appropriate education and pastoral provision to some of our most vulnerable children and young people.”

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