Castle Tower School official opening

Following an investment of £21m, CSSC member school, Castle Tower School in Ballymena has been officially opened by Permanent Secretary, Derek Baker.


The school caters for 306 pupils aged three to 19 and is the only school in the Ballymena area for children with special educational needs.

The state of the art facilities in the new building include specialist features such as a hydrotherapy pool, sensory courtyards and rooms, play facilities and a full height climbing wall.  

In his role as Principal, Raymond McFeeters, a Director of the Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC), played a key role in the design and management of the new school building .

Derek Baker, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education said

It always gives me great pleasure to be able to officially open any new school, knowing the real and positive change it brings to the daily life and operation of a school for the teachers, pupils and wider school community.

This involves a significant investment of around £21million into this community and the new accommodation will provide Castle Tower with the much needed, state of the art, new school for the current pupils and future generations.

I want to congratulate all those involved in the planning, design and delivery of this school.  In particular, I would like to wish the pupils, the staff and the school management every success as you embark on a new chapter in your new school.

CSSC Head of Education and Support, Jayne Millar, said

The new building for Castle Tower School is an incredible facility which will transform the educational experience for the pupils who attend the school.

The facilities offer excellent opportunities for the development of learning and teaching and I am sure the pupils and staff, who show tremendous dedication to the school, will thrive in this environment.


15 July 2018