Eighteen schools across Northern Ireland are to benefit from a £45m investment programme.

The funding, which comes as part of the School Enhancement Programme, was announced by Education Minister Peter Weir at Stormont on Tuesday.

It will be divided among 12 primary schools, five post-primaries and one special school.

“This is a significant investment which will deliver much needed capital investment in the schools estate,” said DUP minister Mr Weir.

“More importantly, this is an investment in the future of our young people and will enhance the quality of their learning experience, leading to better educational opportunities and outcomes.

“Improving the schools estate is a priority for me and the SEP scheme is an excellent way of delivering capital work projects which have an immediate positive impact on the schools, staff and pupils and, indeed, local communities.”

The department said design work will begin immediately with construction work expected to start in 2022/23.

“Today’s announcement is not only good news for pupils and schools but it will also represent a welcome boost to the economy, especially the construction industry,” continued Peter Weir.

“In addition to this SEP announcement, I intend to continue to advance the programme of major capital builds as well as a programme of much needed minor works across the estate.

“I will also look to invest in maintenance works across all schools.”

Primary schools:

  • Botanic PS, Belfast

  • Carrick PS, Lurgan

  • Cliftonville Controlled Integrated PS, Belfast

  • Glencraig Controlled Integrated PS

  • Holy Child PS, Londonderry

  • Irvinestown PS

  • Kilcooley PS, Bangor

  • Killinchy PS

  • St John the Baptist PS, Belfast

  • St Kieran’s PS, Dunmurry

  • St Paul’s PS, Mica Drive, Belfast

  • Strabane PS

Post-primary schools:

  • Glastry College, Ballyhalbert

  • St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena

  • St Patrick’s College, Maghera

  • Sullivan Upper School, Holywood

  • Victoria College, Belfast

Special schools:

  • Riverside School, Antrim