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Tyrone school offers special kind of hope

In the wake of the Omagh bombing, four months after the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, one of the defiant decisions made was to build a new model of shared education close to the town centre.

The plan involved constructing an education hub for up to 4,000 students on the site of disused British Army base.

Significant elements of the proposed Shrule campus are behind schedule.

But one section, the Arvalee Special School, is up and running and since the pandemic emergency it has continued to stay open.

"The staff supported the decision to stay open and I can't thank them enough. We were fortunate because of the resources we have," said Jonathan Gray, principal at Arvalee.

"Was it an easy decision? No, it never is.  There are so many unknowns


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