15 December 2009
Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has given the go ahead for the new Magherafelt High School at a cost of almost £9million.
The Minister said: “It is essential that while I am implementing reforms to raise educational standards we are providing the highest quality accommodation for our young people. The closure of Maghera High School and the transfer of the pupils to Magherafelt High School has presented some accommodation difficulties and against this background I am now pleased that this new school can go ahead.
“The first phase of the new Magherafelt High School will accommodate 500 pupils in first-class buildings and I would hope the construction can begin early next year for completion within 2 years.
“To ensure all proposals for capital funding are consistent with our policy framework and are sustainable for the long term I had commissioned a review of the programme. Magherafelt High School has passed this review and I look forward to visiting the new school when completed.”