THE multi-million pound new school being built at Magherafelt High is progressing at a great rate, according to the school’s principal Brian McCluskey.
He stated: “Work began last January and our builders Heron Bros and architects BDP have been doing a tremendous job, ensuring that this will be a top class facility for generations to come.”
Pupils and staff will be moving into the new building in early November at which point the present 55-year-old building will be demolished to be replaced by extensive car parking and attractive landscaping.
The new school will provide modern, fully equipped classrooms, including five Science labs, a Technology and Design block, Art, Music, Drama, ICT, Home Economics rooms, a Learning Support Centre, as well as numerous subject specific rooms.
A fitness suite, sports hall and multi-purpose hall, as well as grass soccer and rugby pitches, a synthetic hockey/soccer pitch, plus tennis courts will ensure that sporting ambitions will be met in the new school.
A first floor extensive library, audio visual suite, careers and sixth form centre, are also included in the new building.
Mr McCluskey added: “We cannot wait to use our new facilities and we realise how fortunate we are in the present economic climate to be given this school of opportunity.
“We fully intend to continue offering a first class educational experience for our pupils, but in a world class building.”