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O’Dowd announces first tranche of Shared Education Campuses

1 July, 2014 - by John O'Dowd

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, today announced the first three Shared Education Campuses which will proceed to the planning stage. 

In January 2014, the Minister launched the Shared Education Campuses Programme, with a deadline of 31 March for receipt for expressions of interest. Under the Executive’s ‘Together: Building a United Community’ initiative, a target has been set of commencing work on 10 campuses within the next five years.

The Minister said: 

“I believe shared education has the potential to deliver real educational benefits, to ensure best use of resources and to further community cohesion.“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 three projects are:

· Shared STEM and sixth form facilities for St Mary’s High School, Limavady and Limavady High School.

· Shared Educational Campus for Moy Regional Primary School and St John’s Primary School, Moy.

· Shared Educational Campus for Ballycastle High School and Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle.

The Minister continued: 

“The three projects selected will build on well established sharing arrangements between the schools involved and will help embed and enhance those sharing arrangements.

“This was the first call for projects and I am conscious that the limited time meant not everyone was able to have proposals worked up in time for the deadline. Therefore as well as approving the three projects to be advanced through to a detailed business case, I am announcing that a second call for projects will open in September this year.

“I look forward to further innovative shared proposals coming forward at that time. Those that were unsuccessful in this announcement will receive feedback on their proposal and can resubmit it if appropriate, to this second call.“I am confident that we will have additional successful projects to announce in the future that will help achieve the target of 10 new campuses commenced in the next five years.” 

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