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was Lagan College founded?
How was the college developed?
From September until Hallowe’en in 1983/4 the new first year pupils, thanks to the hospitality of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, were taught in the Manor House at Cultra until a new building was ready. For the first three years, the College, which aimed to serve the whole community – rich and poor alike – received no Government funding. Parents of pupils contributed what they could afford towards the costs.
£500,000 had to be raised, so an appeal for benefactions by
private individuals and charitable trusts locally and around
the world was launched to bring the College to the point where
it could develop into an economically viable institution.
Maintained status was granted in 1984. This meant 100% of
running costs were met by the Department of Education and
the College governors were responsible for 15% of capital
In 2003 Lagan College sought to be considered for a new build programme under the Department of Education’s Private Finance initiative. After many years in the planning, Education Minister Catriona Ruane confirmed that permission had been granted on 14th April 2011 to complete the permanent buildings on the Lisnabreeny site.
On 17th June 2013 phase one commencement was completed providing the College with state of the art facilities fit for the 21st Century and comprising of many fabulous features. The students’ learning potential will no doubt be enhanced by signature spaces that boast of a new library, with panoramic views of the countryside, an Internet cafe, 11 E-learning suites, a new Music building, 2 Dance/ Drama studios, a well resourced Sixth Form study space and modern well equipped general classrooms.
The build programme also enabled the College to fully refurbish the existing Technology and Breeny main buildings. The school is now a complete circle- inclusive of all and providing a warm, safe and pleasant learning environment for staff and students
Special features include a link bridge between new and existing, signature spaces, stained glass windows, mosaic viewing gallery, art work all designed by students and staff.
The vision of the founding parents and students has been finally been realised with a permanent Lagan College for many generations to come. At the heart of the school is the social heart inclusive of the stunning library and Chaplaincy led by our joint Chaplains representing the two major faith traditions.
Today Lagan College is a beacon of hope to others showcasing that the integration of young people does work and all children can play, learn and grow together. Lagan College continues to be a welcoming school of all children, respecting the rights of individuals to be themselves and foster a sense of pride, along with cultural, social, political and religious individuality and our ability to be respectful, show fairness, serve others, and reconcile our differences under one roof.
Over 1260 students attend the College, with 135 staff members and a total of 1000 families all committed to making a difference in N Ireland and building peace.
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