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Investing in Special Schools

Investing in Special Schools - The Story So Far

The Education Authority is committed to investing in special schools to ensure that children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) are educated and supported in excellent schools with top class facilities that are designed the meet the needs of the children and the staff supporting them.

In recent years, the Education Authority has officially opened a number of new facilities. Click on the links below for details.

2018 - Hydrotherapy Pool at Roddensvale -£1m

2018 - Extension at Donard School - £1m

2017 - Extension at Willowbridge - £4m

2017 - New Arvalee School and Resource Centre - £8.2m

2016 - Knockevin Early Years Centre New School - £1.7m

Castle Tower, Ballymena £20m

Castle Tower School, Ballymena welcomed pupils onto their brand new premises in 2017. This represents a £20m investment in special schools. Castle Tower School is due to hold an official opening ceremony shortly to celebrate their new school. 

Castle Tower Photographs

Rossmar School, Derry/Londonderry - £11.51m

Rossmar School marked the beginning of the construction work to bring the exciting plans for their new £11.51m school to life with a sod cutting ceremony recently. 

Rossmar Sod Cutting


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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