Judith Cochrane MLA said: “I am very pleased by the announcement from the Department of Education and am particularly delighted that Strandtown Primary School has been included in the investment programme.
“As a former pupil of Strandtown, and with my own daughter currently enrolled at the school, I am all too aware of the practical and structural difficulties facing the school. Accommodating close to 1000 pupils aged seven to eleven, Strandtown is one of the biggest primary schools in Northern Ireland and as such, has an integral role to play in the education of our children.
“Working alongside the board and principal at the school in recent months, through Assembly questions, debates and countless letters to the Minister for Education, I have worked hard to communicate the schools difficulties to the Minister. As such I was pleased when he accepted my request to visit the school earlier this year in order to raise concerns with him directly.
“I hope that today’s announcement is a positive step forward in delivering better accommodation and facilities for pupils and staff at the school.”