Best wishes to Knockevin staff

Best wishes to Knockevin staff

6 October 2021

SLIEVE Croob councillors Cathy Mason and Roísín Howell paid a recent visit to the new Knockevin senior school in Castlewellan.

Located on the site of the former Castlewellan Primary School in the town, the councillors welcomed staff and students and hope that they will be very happy and will be warmly welcomed by the wider community.

Cllr Howell said the global pandemic had “significantly disrupted” the education of the special school pupils and impacted on their learning, communication and mental health.

She extended best wishes to school principal Sarah Liddell and senior department leader Gillian Rea.

“Whilst the children have been on the premises from September, there are still issues that I and Cllr Mason will be working closely with the school, the Education Authority and Newry, Mourne and Down Council to ensure that staff and pupils have the best all round experience on their newly refurbished site,” added Cllr Howell.

Cllr Mason said Knockevin caters for pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties aged between 3 and 19 and aims to provide a supportive educational environment where they feel secure, at their ease and thrive both educationally, socially and spiritually.

She said the main school is located in Downpatrick, with an Early Years Centre in Dundrum.

“Now we have the senior school in Castlewellan which will seek to help pupils achieve their maximum level of independence in preparation for life when their education finishes,” said Cllr Mason.

She added: “Having visited the Downpatrick site in recent months I have seen first hand how happy and content the children are in school.”