Corran Integrated Primary School is to get a new building after the council’s planning committee gave the project the green light.
Welcoming the news, Principal Denise MacFarlane said that she, the pupils and staff were “delighted” to get the go-ahead for the new facility.
It is hoped that new seven class integrated primary school and single nursery unit with associated outdoor play areas, boundary treatment, access and parking arrangements will be ready in early 2018.
“This is fantastic news,” Mrs MacFarlane told the Times.
“It means that we can get things moving.
“We hope that work will start in November or December, it will last approximately 12 months and then we will be hoping to move in in early 2018.”
Pupils at the school are currently taught in seven mobile classrooms which were erected 25 years ago and which were originally meant for temporary use.
Mrs MacFarlane says that news of the new building is the perfect way to celebrate the school’s silver anniversary.
“The pupils are very excited and they are already doing a lot of projects such as seeing aerial views of where the school will be on Google Maps and submitting different designs,” she revealed.
“They have a lot of ideas about what they would like to include in the designs and we will keep them up to date with what’s happening as the contractors get on site so they can see the progress of the work.
“The mobile classrooms are very roomy and the teachers make great use of them but it means that the children have to go outside when they move rather than being inside a school building.
“The new school will have a shared resource area for children to work in which will be a great advantage.”
A report presented to councillors described the new school proposal as “a real investment in education which is in the public interest and contributes to the ongoing regeneration of education infrastructure throughout the borough.”