In November 2019, pupils and staff from Enniskillen Model Primary School welcomed officials and special guests for a ceremonial sod-cutting at the school site to mark the start of work on a new two-storey building.
The state-of-the-art facility will have 14 classrooms, a two classroom language centre and further support accommodation. The design of the new build primary school will incorporate the existing red brick school
house, a historically important listed building built some 150 years ago.
Controlled Schools’ Support Council Chief Executive Barry Mulholland joined Education Authority (EA) Chairperson Sharon O’Connor and Principal Winston Glass to mark the occasion. Others taking part were Chairman of the Board of Governors Samuel Balmer, EA and Department of Education (DE) officials, school pupils, and representatives from Woodvale Construction Company.
“We are delighted to see our new school building well underway, which will serve children, staff and parents for many years to come”, said Mr Glass.
“It is a special day for the entire school and I would like to thank the Board of Governors, staff, parents and pupils for their patience and their continued support. I would also like to thank everyone involved for their commitment to the project.”
Barry Mulholland praised the work of the Board of Governors of Enniskillen Model Primary School and its principal Mr Winston Glass for all their work in securing the resource for new school.
“The commitment, dedication and workload associated with developing a new school is immense, but as we can see extremely worthwhile,” he said.
“This is clearly evident when you see the anticipation, joy, interest and fascination in the eyes of the pupils. That’s when you know it’s more than just a building project.
Mr Mullolland added that “after many years of meticulous work has achieving something very special here, for the pupils, staff and parents and for the future of controlled provision in Enniskillen.”
EA Chairperson Ms O’Connor praised the dedication of the school staff, governors and officials who have brought the project to this important milestone.
“I would like to congratulate the staff and governors for their hard work as construction takes place on what will be a new chapter for Enniskillen Model Primary School.
“It is an exciting time for everyone involved – the pupils, staff past and present, parents, governors, the planning and design teams, the architects, consultants and contractors, DE and indeed the wider community.”
Ms O’Connor added: “EA and our education partners are committed to developing a network of viable and sustainable schools that can deliver the Northern Ireland Curriculum effectively.”
The new facilities are funded by DE and delivered through EA’s Major capital works programme.