Planning permission has been formally granted for a new state-of-the-art £27m suite of school buildings for St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon.
The Mid Ulster District Council formally approved the new scheme at its meeting last week.
The project is being funded by the Department of Education following an announcement in January 2013 when St Patrick’s Academy was included on the Minister’s capital programme.
St Patrick’s Academy Principal, Fintan Donnelly has welcomed the news the two year build project which represents one of the Department of Education’s largest schemes in its current Capital Expenditure Programme can now proceed
“The new school buildings will enable us to provide the very latest facilities for our pupils as well as creating a solid platform for us to further build on our current position at the heart of the educational, cultural and religious life of Tyrone.
“This is a landmark scheme that will benefit the lives of thousands of pupils, their families and the community at large,” said Mr Donnelly.
Work is expected to get underway on the new school in April with the Academy’s pupils due to move to the new buildings in December 2017 and having access to new playing fields from June 2017.
He added: “The new buildings will be constructed on a stand-alone site and the move will be en-masse. There will therefore be no disruption to the school pupils or timetable.”