A new suite has been opened at Lismore Comprehensive, which will provide after-school classes for parents and the community.
Pupils will also benefit from the state-of-the-art student parent learning facility, which has been funded by the Department of Social Development,
The suite was officially opened recently by deputy secretary of the Urban Regeneration and Community Development Group, Ms Tracy Meharg.
It will enable the school to develop greater links with parents and the local community by providing after-school and evening classes, with additional support available for the development of literacy, numeracy and ICT.
A number of programmes are currently in operation including adult literacy, adult numeracy and initiatives to support those for whom English is not a first language.
One innovative course currently hosted is a class for parents, guiding them through a range of software applications suitable for supporting literacy and numeracy across the different key stages.
Ms Meharg commented on the high level of community engagement already in operation in Lismore through the Brownlow Extended Schools Cluster and Extended Schools Initiative.
Mrs Rosemary Lavery, vice-principal for curriculum, said, “We hope to increase out-of-hours access to the student parent learning facility by making it available to the Southern Regional College and local voluntary and community groups.
“This will then ensure our parents and local community are able to pursue educational courses in a convenient, well-equipped, modern setting”.