Hill of the O’Neill wins national recognition

Crowds descend on the Hill of the O'Neill for the  "Rocking all over the Hill".INTT3015-359
Crowds descend on the Hill of the O'Neill for the "Rocking all over the Hill".INTT3015-359

Hill of the O’Neill & Ranfurly House, Dungannon has received national recognition for its onsite outdoor education programme from ‘The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.’

The Council recognise providers that offer good quality learning outside the classroom and who manage risk effectively.

The Education Programme at the Dungannon arts centre and heritage site has been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge.

The awarding of the LOtC Quality Badge means that the Education Programme at Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House has passed a robust assessment designed to ensure that it is meeting schools’ learning and risk management needs.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Cllr. Kim Ashton said, “I am delighted that the Education Programme at Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House has received this prestigious honour.

“Its programme has become very popular with schools and colleges from across Mid Ulster and beyond. During 2016-17, 2415 pupils took part in 93 class visits.

“This is testament to the hard work of the Education Officer and other staff which has resulted in the provision of a high-quality learning experience on site.

“From September 2017, a number of new programmes will commence, including built heritage, archaeology and environmental projects, so we are looking forward to welcoming even more school groups to Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House.”

This is the second major accolade that the venue’s Education Programme has received. In 2014, it won a Sandford Award for excellence in the provision of heritage education.

For more information on the Education Programme, contact Peter Lant, Education Officer, at Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House on 028 8772 8600 or email peter.lant@midulstercouncil.org