Education Minister congratulates his old Primary School on outstanding Inspection Report

Date published: 05 February 2016

Education Minister John O’Dowd has returned to his old Primary School in Laurencetown, County Down to congratulate the school on an outstanding inspection report.

Speaking as he met pupils and staff at St Colman’s Bann Primary School, John O’Dowd said:

“It has been a pleasure to return to my old Primary School today to congratulate you all on receiving an outstanding Inspection Report. The report is recognition of the leadership and commitment of all the staff in the school and as importantly the work of the pupils.

“Being here today I have been able to see the high standard of education and pastoral care in this school.

“The importance of education cannot be overestimated as it is the cornerstone of every society. A good education improves life chances and creates a pathway to success.

“School days really are the best days of your life and I hope all past and present pupils of St Colman’s remember their time here with fondness. Returning to St Colman’s brings back lots of happy memories for me of growing up in this part of County Down.

“I have really enjoyed my visit today I want to thank the school community for inviting me to join in the celebration of your much deserved recognition by the Inspectorate.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Department of Education’s ‘Education Works’ campaign promotes the value of education.  This year’s campaign aims to ensure that parents have information on schooling and that they are aware of the steps they can take to ‘Get Involved’ and support their teenager in achieving good outcomes at school.  Watch out for the ads on television, radio and outdoor locations. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit nidirect - Education Works for more information or watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel
  2. See photos from the Department of Education in our flickr collection.
  3. Media enquiries to the Department of Education’s Communications Team on Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.

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