A Castleblayney secondary school has received Departmental approval to move to tender stage for a major extension of its school building.
The development will see the construction of 13 new classrooms at Our Lady's Secondary School.
Planning approval for the project was granted in December of last year, with the school commenting that "exciting times" were ahead.
It's now moved to the tendering process for construction, and Our Lady's Secondary School Principal, Eddie Kelly, says he's delighted to be "one step closer to beginning work on the project".
He added that the new facilities will "provide the people of Castleblayney and the surrounding areas with a top-class educational experience in a modern and progressive learning environment".
The extension comprises of nine general classrooms, two Science labs with preparation areas, an Art room with a project store and preparation area, as well as one other specialist room.
Local TD Heather Humphreys says the upgrades will "ensure that the students receive the best possible education", while Castleblayney Councillor Aidan Campbell said he's "looking forward to seeing work commence on the ground".
Our Lady's Secondary School will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the next academic year, and the Chairperson of the Board of Management, Dr Gary Carville, says there is no better way mark this event than to "prepare for the future by adding to the top-class facilities already in place".