As part of the second phase of the School Enhancement Programme, it has been confirmed that St Mary’s Primary School, Cloughcor will receive financial support for an enhancement project worth between £500,000 and £4million.
Overall, a total of 25 schools will be availing of a funding pot worth a potential £60 million.
Welcoming the news, SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan said the funding will prove invaluable for St Mary’s, which is in currently need of repair.
“I am delighted to hear that St Mary’s Primary School has been successful in their bid for financial support for capital development projects,” he said. “It is no secret the school is in need of repair and immediate work, and the news of this funding will come as a relief to teachers and parents.
“St Mary’s, Cloughcor is a fantastic school and this must be reflected in the building. Local children deserve the very best start in life and enhanced educational opportunity in built for purpose accommodation can go a considerable way to delivering on the promise that we know the current and future schoolchildren at these schools possess.”
This said, Mr McCrossan said he will continue to push for an entirely new school building, and continue to address the needs of education in West Tyrone.
“In my view, a new building is needed, and as an MLA I will continue to push to make this a reality,” he said.
“It should also not be forgotten that many other schools in West Tyrone are in need of urgent funding, and I look forward to the day they too will benefit from further investment.
“This investment is more than just the restoring of bricks and mortar, rather it will determine successful educational outcomes of pupils primary education.”
At the time of going to press, no-one from the school was available for comment.