Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire MP, and the First Minister, Arlene Foster MLA, visited Enniskillen Integrated Primary School to learn about the exciting plans for its expansion. Enniskillen will be one of the first integrated schools to benefit from the first tranche of funding made available through the Fresh Start Agreement.
The VIPs were welcomed by Principal Adele Kerr and Chair of the Governors, Neil Jardine.
During a tour of the school’s current facilities, the visitors heard how the funds will support the school’s development, which will include several additional classrooms and a new sports hall. The guests also had time to enjoy the nativity play performed by the pupils.
Principal Adele Kerr said:
“It was a privilege to have the Secretary of State and First Minister visit our school. The occasion was true Enniskillen Integrated style – informal, warm and fun! Our special guests appreciated a tour of our very overcrowded facilities and enjoyed talking to the children and staff as they busily prepared for the school nativity. As a memento the school presented them with a handcrafted snowman made from a Fermanagh tree. It was a truly festive morning!
“The visit provided us with the opportunity to thank Mr Brokenshire for his support through Fresh Start funding. This will allow integrated schools to provide the much needed accommodation for their children – whilst Enniskillen has been approved pupil growth by the Department, what we need now is a strategic plan for the provision of such accommodation to help meet this need right across Northern Ireland”.
Paul Caskey, Head of Campaign for the Integrated Education Fund said:
“Enniskillen Integrated Primary School has been growing for many years to meet demand for integrated education. The IEF is proud to have been able to assist with provision of an additional classroom and the funding of an additional afternoon playgroup, which has played a pivotal role in helping the school develop. This government support for accommodation is urgently needed. It is a wonderful, popular school and it thoroughly deserves this investment through the Fresh Start Agreement. ”
Enniskillen IPS first opened its doors in September 1989 with an initial intake of 65 pupils. The school was established in the wake of the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bomb when a group of parents got together and formed Enniskillen Together. The Department of Education recognised the school in 1990 but in that first year of 1989, the school was completely funded through sponsorship and donations. The school has grown from strength to strength and is now well on its way to having 400 pupils.
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