Shared education at Strule, a pioneering approach to deliver education in the region, is scheduled to be fully operational by September 2020 bringing together pupils from local schools of both traditions with representation from the controlled, maintained and voluntary school sectors.
The six schools involved are Arvalee School & Resource Centre, Christian Brothers Grammar School, Loreto Grammar School, Omagh Academy Grammar School, Omagh High School and Sacred Heart College.
Each school will retain their individuality and ethos whilst maximising the opportunities provided through collaboration and sharing. The means the widest range of subjects will be available to the students on campus. Schools will be able to deliver a 21st century curriculum in progressive, modern and flexible facilities, aspects of which will be enhanced significantly through sharing resources. The campus approach will also facilitate better connectivity between mainstream and special needs schools.
Placing education strategically at the heart of the community means that young people are connected through education which filters into the wider community. There is potentially a huge social and educational dividend which can promote and enhance community relations.
There are three overarching objectives that will be achieved through the successful delivery of shared education at Strule:
- Promoting excellence in educational provision, achievements, experience and outcomes through delivery of exemplar facilities;
- Providing future delivery of the post primary estate on an Area Planning basis that ensures the delivery of a 21st century curriculum; and
- Stimulating further development and regeneration of Omagh Town and wider district through provision of facilities that are widely accessible to all members of the local community.