The Bangor Central Integrated Primary School community is celebrating the start of a new era in the school’s history after receiving the go-ahead from the Department of Education for a new state of the art school building.
Bangor Central was one of a number of integrated schools named in the first tranche of funding allocated under the Stormont House and Fresh Start Agreements in March 2016 but discussions on the need for a new school building to accommodate its 600-plus pupils had been ongoing for a number of years before that.
“On behalf of the Board of Governors and the school community I would like to welcome the announcement that the new build is proceeding,” said Board of Governors Chairperson Beth Holland.
“We look forward to the great opportunities that it will provide for pupils for years to come, as well as enabling the continuation of the school’s values and ethos.”
McAdam Design Ltd have recently been appointed as Lead Consultant to draw up the blueprint for the 22 classroom integrated school at a new site on the Balloo Road.
“I am delighted that we have reached this significant milestone in the history of our school and integrated education in Bangor,” said Bangor Central IPS Principal Peter Campbell.
“The new build will provide pupils with spacious new classrooms – all accessible from the ground floor – extensive hard and soft play areas, all constructed without any disruption to the pupils, staff or parents.”
“This new location will enable children to access an integrated education in a state of the art building. It will be approximately five years before the new school will open and during that time we will be involving our pupils in the exciting design process of their new school.”